Central San Joaquin Valley Reps. David Valadao, R-Hanford, and Jim Costa, D-Fresno, issued statements following President Donald Trump’s inauguration:
“To witness this momentous occasion in our nation’s history is a privilege like no other. The peaceful transition of power is paramount to our system of government, our freedom, and our way of life.
“Since I began to serve in the United States House of Representatives, I have witnessed firsthand many of the problems my constituents face on a daily basis – water shortages, difficulty pursuing a higher education, and high unemployment. Of course, there are many ways to address each of these issues and while we may not always agree on the best course of action, one thing is clear: We must work together as fellow Americans to solve these challenges.
“I look forward to working with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to achieve commonsense solutions to our biggest challenges. Only when we come together can we achieve real results for every American.”
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Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford
“The peaceful transition of power is fundamental to America’s Democratic principles. As an elected member of the Legislative Branch, a co-equal branch of government, I believe it is my role and responsibility to attend the President’s swearing-in ceremony.
“Congress must focus on governing, not on harmful partisan rhetoric. Let me be clear, I do not condone, nor am I downplaying the unacceptable and inflammatory statements made by President Donald Trump. Of course I take issue with President Trump’s malicious statements that have been directed toward women, minorities, immigrants and others. But the fact is if we are going to be successful in moving our country forward, then Congress must find a way to work with President Trump, and that’s what I will do.
“San Joaquin Valley residents are Americans first, not Democrats or Republicans. They have expressed how tired they are of the gridlock and partisan politics, and I share that intense frustration. I remain committed to finding areas of compromise by working on a bipartisan basis with my colleagues in Congress and the Trump administration because it’s the only way we can solve problems and heal our divided nation.”
Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno