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turnaround and their country grows stronger before their eyes, i'm glad there would be so much to applaud. >> mr. president, tonight the president will address a joint session of congress in his first official state of the union. i want to talk about what i expect the president to say and it also what i suspect he won't. the president will be eager to defend the accomplishments of his nascent administration to take credit for a healthy american economy, point to low unemployment, job growth and a soaring stock market. but the truth is these trends were present before donald trump took office. president trump was handed an alreadyy healthy economy by his predecessor. like many things in his life, he inherited a healthy economy. here are two words we won't hear president trump say tonight
about the economy -- thanks, obama. because much of the growth in 2017 was created by president obama's policies and by many measures the growth under president obama was better than under president trump. under president obama, employment was driven from over 10% down into the force. the tightening of the labor market finally start reverse the stagnancy of median income. the stock market that president trump often touts on twitter, it was booming under president obama as well. in president trump's first year the economy created 2.06 million jobs. that's less than the 2.24 million jobs created in 2016, the last year of obama is term. again,re president trump, president obama created more jobs in his last term -- sorry.
president trump, president obama create more jobs in the last year of his term then you created in the first year of yours. so if you're going to pat yourself on the back, give a shout out to barack obama, because he did even better than you with job creation. in 2017 under president trump, the average monthly job growth was lower than in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011, all under president obama. again president trump, job growth in yourr first year of your term was less than in each of the last six years of president obama's term. how about the stock market? in the first six months of 2017, the percentage growth of the s&p 500 was lower than during the first six months of president
obama's term. in the first year of the trump presidency, the percentage growth of the dow was lower than during the first year of president obama. so again here are two words we'd like president trump to say tonight about the economy -- thanks, obama. we may never hear president trump say those words, , but hes ought to. i also expect the president to speak about bipartisanship. president trump understands there's a very low bar when it comes to the topic. his first year in office has been so divisive, even a mere appeal to bipartisanship sounds like progress. but the proof will be in the pudding. will president trump pursue real bipartisanship to his actions, or willwh he fall back on empty rhetoric? when it comes to bipartisanship, president trump has to walk the walk, not just talk the talk
intermittently. mr. president, when it comes to bipartisanship, actions speak a whole lot louder than words. and i would remind president trump that this is been one of the most partisan administration many of us have worked with. i work under president reagan, president h. w. bush and president w bush, all republicans, all of them were leaps bipartisan and president trump's first you. what we see, an assembly line of partisan here is not designed to need a a single democratic vot. a supreme court justice picked by the hard right heritage foundation and federalist society. no consultation, not a consensus nominee. a partisan health care bill that failed under reconciliation specifically designed not to include democrats. partisan tax bill that ultimately passed, also under
reconciliation, nooc consultatin with democrats, not a single democratic vote. the reason that these don't get democratic votes is president trump and his administration don't talk to us. they don't ask us what we might suggest. they don't try to create a bipartisane bill which great presidents have done from the time of george washington. they just act in a narrow partisan way, and the american people know it. there's hardly been a shred of bipartisanship in. the trump er. despite our many appeals for it. the president and congressional republicans seem to think that bipartisanship happens when one side puts together a bill, pounds a table and demand the other side support the bill. with no negotiation, no compromise. they are missing the step where they consult with the other side, work with the other side to earn their support.
that's the hard work of legislating in our democracy. but this administration excuse hard work. republican majority and the white house have been content to trap legislation on their own, demand democrat support it and then label ustr obstructionists win without consultation come without compromise we don't. that dynamic is the root of the ineffectiveness and gridlock here in congress. now, i sincerely hope it changes, mr. president. the president calls for bipartisanship tonight, i will commit but we eagerly wait action, not just a soundbite in a speech. we await honest debate, good faith give-and-take, individual compromise that is the actual hallmarks of bipartisanship. if those things arise, even though they have in the first year, democrats will gladly work with our republican colleagues in the white house to get things
done for the middle class. but we need to see at to believe it. mere words in a speech tonight do not create bipartisanship. actions do. finally, mr. president, here's something that president trump should discuss tonight. russia's sanctions. he ought toed the sanctions as congress voted for in an overwhelming bipartisan fashion. or at least explain what he hasn't done yet. we call on president trump in the state of the union to tell americans that he will support the sanctions 90% of america supports, or tell us why he won't. over a year ago that u.s. intelligence committee concluded that the russian president, putin, ordered and influence campaign in 2016 and at the u.s. presidential election. that's a fact.
it's a fact that is shocking. a hostile foreign power interfered with an american election and likely influenced it in measurable ways. country feared this very possibility. they knew for democracy to work, the election of the people's representatives must be free, fair, illegitimate. and that foreign powers even back then would try to corrupt the process. they wrote safeguards into the constitution to protect it. but last year the american people were victim of such an attack by an antagonistic foreign power, russia. so i call on president trump tonight to use his state of the union to tell americans what he plans to do about russian attacks on our democracy. implement the sanctions, president trump, or at the very least tell us why you haven't. because today is the day that the president is supposed to
obey the sanctions issue congress voted on overwhelmingly a while back. there is no subject more worthy about thorough and advise investigation and the russian interference in our elections. and yet the president and his allies have waged a scorched earth campaign to discredit the investigation in any way possible by assassinating the character of career civil servants. assailing the credibility of the media, attacking our own law enforcement agencies and officers, even denigrating the institutions of american government. the white house andco congressional republicans attacks on robert mueller and his investigation make you believe it was taking place in a banana republic, erdogan turkey, putin russia, not in the united
states of america. what has been done by house republicans and gone along with by just about the whole republican establishment is not worthy of this democracy. it makes us look like a banana republic, and it's shameful. a different kind of president would be encouraging special counts or mueller's investigation, shouting down those forces who tried to interfere with it. a different kind of president would want to know how precisely russian metals in our election and would have severely punished putin for it to discourage him from ever trying it again. but here we are, 180 days since the president signed the historic russia sanctions bill passed by this body, and he hasn't even implemented those sanctions.
he is supposed do it today, the state of the union. again, mr. president, implement the sanctions tonight or at least tell the american people why you were not. letting russia, opening an invitation to russia to dota it again. now, why won't donald trump uses the power given u to him a neary unanimous vote in congress to hold russia accountable? the administration refused to implement secondary sanctions against the russian defense and intelligence sectors. last night the administration believes the mandate report of russian oligarchs that seem to match a list already put together by forbes magazine, this is reflection of the lack of seriousness with which they took up this task here white house when it comes to sanctions, the white house is engaged in a dangerous kabuki theater. that tries to show strength when, in fact, there is none. these actions are not good
enough. they are for show. why is the president so afraid to sanction putin, his associates, or other corrupt actors and officials? what is president trump giving putin a a free pass when he attacked our democracy? what easy so afraid of? asking that question, and they haveat their answers. only a year after hostile foreign power shook the very bedrock of our democracy, any other president would spend his first state of the union talking about efforts that were under way to punish the abuser and prevent such an attack from ever occurring. why not this president? it president trump wishes to save his presidency from the shame of having failed to address one of the gravest threats threatening ourur count, he would announce this evening in no uncertain terms that he was thinking president putin. any of the president would have
already made it their priority to take decisive action in their first year. but this president is paralyzed when it comes to putin and his cronies in russia. here are two words the president will not say tonight, here are two words the president may not say tonight. russia sanctions. but he ought to. i yield the floor. .. >> i do want to maken