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A pro-Obamacare governor and a DREAMer will respond to Trump's speech to Congress

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Congressional Democrats have tapped former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to give the response to President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress next week. 

Astrid Silva, a DREAMer from Nevada will give a Spanish-language response. 

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi revealed the speakers in a joint statement on Friday. 

The choice signals that Democrats will use the response to defend the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans are bent on repealing. 

Beshear, who served as governor from 2007 to 2015, was an Obamacare supporter. ACA advocates often point to his state as a model for successful implementation of the law. Beshear also expanded Medicaid in the state. 


“American families desperately need our president to put his full attention on creating opportunity and good-paying jobs and preserving their right to affordable health care and a quality education,” former Gov. Beshear said. “Real leaders don’t spread derision and division they build partnerships and offer solutions instead of ideology and blame.”

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Astrid Silva of PLAN speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Silva was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. with her parents when she was 5 years old. She is the co-founder of Dream Big Vegas which advocates for other "dreamers" who were brought to the U.S. as children. 

She also spoke at the Democratic National Convention and President Obama mentioned her story when he announced his executive action to defer deportation for "dreamers" in 2014. 

“While President Trump unleashes a cruel deportation dragnet on hard-working immigrant families, Astrid Silva personifies the values that have always made America strong,” Pelosi said in the joint statement. “We are honored to have her represent Congressional Democrats in the Spanish language response.”


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