Second Dem to boycott Trump speech to Congress

Second Dem to boycott Trump speech to Congress
© Greg Nash
Two House Democrats won't be in the audience for President Trump's joint address to Congress on Tuesday.
 
 
"Although my desire was to attend tonight's Joint Session of Congress, I cannot in good conscience do so given the action taken one day ago by the now Trump Justice Department to withdraw the its longstanding claim that the Texas Voter ID law intentionally discriminated against minorities," Green, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), said in a statement.
 
"My action is more than a refusal to attend the joint session, it is my resistance and protestation to the normalization and legitimization of our president's harmful behavior."
 
The Trump administration reversed a position taken by the Justice Department under President Obama, which argued the voter ID law was meant to disenfranchise low-income and minority voters.
 
The law requires voters to provide one of several forms of photo identification approved by the state.
 
Green is the second CBC member to boycott Trump's address.
 
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, said earlier Tuesday that she'll skip the address.
 
More than 60 House Democrats boycotted Trump's inauguration last month. But most chose to attend Tuesday's address in the House chamber.
 
As a means of protest, many have invited guests — such as young immigrants in the country illegally and people who have benefited from the 2010 healthcare law — whose presence sends a message to the president.