WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s address to the joint session of Congress:

“We can all agree that creating jobs and rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure should be top priorities, and it was promising to hear President Trump renew his commitments to overhauling our trade policy and using American steel to rebuild our public works. But now we need to see action. I’ve shared my ideas for fulfilling his promises on trade and infrastructure jobs and I’m ready to get to work with President Trump whenever he’s willing to do what’s right for Ohio.

“At the same time, I will fight against policies that are wrong for Ohio. I agree with Governor Kasich that it is dangerous and irresponsible to double down on efforts to throw 900,000 Ohioans off their insurance without a plan to replace it. Instead of taking healthcare away from Ohioans, President Trump should focus on working with Congress to lower the cost of prescription drugs for working families. And I will fight against any efforts to expand the for-profit education system which has failed our students and ripped off Ohio taxpayers.

“President Trump spoke about healing divisions and bringing Americans together, and the best way to do that is by getting to work on the priorities where we all agree like putting Americans to work rebuilding our roads, bridges and infrastructure.”