Bustos Statement on the Inauguration of President Donald Trump

Bustos and House Democrats wear #ProtectOurCare buttons in solidarity with the millions of Americans who have benefitted from the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON – Today, following the inauguration of President Donald Trump, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos gave her response. During the ceremony, Bustos and House Democrats wore #ProtectOurCare buttons to highlight the positive impact the Affordable Care Act has had on the lives of millions of Americans.

Yesterday, Bustos spoke at a press conference to highlight the story of Emily Carlson from Abingdon, Illinois. Emily, who lives with multiple sclerosis, and her family would be among the millions of Americans who would be devastated if Washington Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Tomorrow, Bustos will join thousands of Illinoisans at the Women’s March in Chicago.

“Today Donald Trump was sworn in as our next President, but tomorrow the fight begins to protect the values we’ve fought to achieve across generations,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Like many of my colleagues, I will proudly be marching tomorrow against the divisive and hurtful message that became the centerpiece of President Trump’s campaign. While I hope to be able to work with the President where we can find common ground, I will also be a watchdog for the men, women and children I serve should President Trump take our country down a dark path. Even though Republicans control the White House, the Senate and the House, I am hopeful that they will listen to those who have the most to lose from their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Donald Trump has proven several times that it’s not what he says that matters, it’s what he does – so while it’s good that he spoke about protecting American jobs, he has yet to offer any real plan to achieve it, so I’ll be working to hold him accountable. As America begins on this new journey, I am hopeful for a future where our middle-class is thriving, wages are increasing, access to quality health care is expanding and where all of our children can reach their full potential – that is the America I will fight for.”