With the build-up to Tuesday night’s State of the Union, a lot of lawmakers were talking to the press in their home town. People expected certain things to be done or said, and wanted to at least pretend this was a time of year when everyone could come together.
One of those was Rep. Derek Kilmer of Washington state. Here’s some of what he had to say about not just the State of the Union, but his job in general.
With 2020’s State of the Union address taking place Tuesday evening, Washington Rep. Derek Kilmer weighed in on what he hopes to see from the President.
Kilmer represents Washington state’s Olympia Peninsula in Congress, a constituency he looks to for guidance on how he governs.
“My constituents expect me to stand my ground on issues where the president’s actions are in direct conflict with the interests of my constituents,” Kilmer told KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross. “I’ve been doing that on everything from health care, to climate change, to some basic issues around the treatment of immigrants and civil rights.”
With the State of the Union looming, he also hopes to see some semblance of political unity when it’s all said and done.
“My constituents also expect me to work to find common ground when we can,” Kilmer said. “We are in a divided government right now, and there is, I think, hope that Democrats and Republicans in our nation’s capital — on issues where they can find agreement — can actually get some stuff done.”