The State of the Union wrapped up with the theme of unity, but many democratic California lawmakers say they weren’t convinced by President Donald Trump's bipartisan rhetoric.
The speech clocked in at 82 minutes; one of the longest addresses in United States history.
The president began with a message for both parties.
“The agenda that I will lay out this evening,” said Trump. “Is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda, it’s the agenda of the American people.”
But that momentum quickly faded and Democratic California lawmakers say despite the long speech, the president missed a few key issues.
“He did not say one thing about climate change,” said Representative Ted Lieu (D-33).
Rep. Lieu, who represents west Los Angeles, recently introduced legislation to combat climate change.
“I think it’s a huge threat to not only America but to the world,” said Lieu. “And I think it’s very unfortunate that we have a Republican party and president that seem to be in denial of climate change.”
As the speech went on, Representative Norma Torres of the 35th district, which covers parts of Inland Empire including Ontario, felt Trump was leaving certain people out.
“800,000 workers missed a paycheck for 35 days,” said Torres.
Torres said although the President talked about averting another government shutdown, she doesn’t think he reflected enough on the last one.
“He failed to say one word about their sacrifice, about the fact that they should have never been held hostage for a policy that has been ill-conceived from the start,” said Torres.
Now those federal workers are hopeful for a new budget by the February 15th deadline, something Representative Katie Porter of the 45th district, says the president should have said more about it.
“This is the physical moment for Congress and the president to come together,” said Porter. “And I would have liked him to have recognized the hard work that I know my colleagues on both sides of the aisle are doing to present a border security plan.”
Many California lawmakers say they’re eager to advance the new Congress and hope that President Trump will show support.
California Representative and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, of the 23rd district, which covers southern San Joaquin Valley and the southern Sierra Nevada, spoke up after the speech, defending the president’s address.