Fischer Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) had this to say after President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address:
“This evening President Trump described the remarkable economic successes in this country over the past year. Historic tax cuts and smarter regulatory policies have resulted in bigger paychecks and more opportunities for working American families. Our economy has come back to life and Nebraskans are feeling increasingly optimistic about the future.
“In an effort to build on these strong achievements, the president put forth his legislative principles for the coming year. A plan to update and improve our nation’s infrastructure is an important part of his agenda. This is an issue I’ve led on – both in the Nebraska Legislature and U.S. Senate. I’m hopeful Congress can enact consistent, long-term transportation and broadband infrastructure policies that will enhance safety and efficiency.
“I agree with the president’s statements on providing our military with the resources it requires to defend this nation and the importance of modernizing our nuclear deterrent.
“I also want to echo the president’s call for an era of more bipartisanship in Washington. This is long overdue. The next farm bill is an area where I anticipate we can find common ground on behalf of our agriculture producers who feed our hungry world.
“In the year ahead, I will continue to work together with Nebraskans, President Trump, and my colleagues in Congress to improve the lives of American families. If we can expand on the progress that’s already been made, we will see an even stronger, brighter, and more successful future.”
Smith Statement on President Trump’s First State of the Union
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address.
“President Trump delivered a strong report on what has been accomplished in his first year and his goals for our country moving forward,” Smith said. “Tax reform is already delivering, and I believe these positive impacts are just the start of the long-term economic growth we will see under the new tax code.
“As chairman of the Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, I appreciated the President’s comments on the need to focus on workforce development so every American can experience the dignity of work. With tax reform leading to more jobs and a greater demand for qualified workers, we are eager to work with the Trump administration to help more Americans achieve independence by getting off the sidelines and into the workforce.
“President Trump laid out many issues we need to address, from immigration to infrastructure, but he – along with the inspiring American heroes who were guests at tonight’s State of the Union – reaffirmed we have every reason to be optimistic about what’s ahead for our great country.”
Fortenberry Statement on State of the Union
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry had this reaction to the President’s State of the Union address:
“The President spoke directly and clearly. He was reflective, almost somber in his tone. I thought the speech was probing, purposeful, and personal. While our country continues to face challenges, including deepening philosophical divides, the President made a clear case for historic accomplishments during this first year.
“He highlighted economic regeneration, offering one of his strongest lines when he said, ‘The era of economic surrender is over.’ He also outlined new measures to support our veterans, a four-pillar approach to immigration reform, and the important accomplishment of crushing ISIS. I was particularly encouraged by the President’s calls for bipartisan solutions, especially regarding strengthening our nation’s infrastructure.
“At the same time, much more work remains ahead. In the coming year, I hope to work with the President and my colleagues in the House and Senate to build an even more resilient economy that works for all, along with health care repair that lowers costs and improves outcomes while protecting the most vulnerable.”
Congressman Fortenberry is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
Rep. Bacon’s Statement on State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) offered this reaction to Tuesday evening’s State of the Union address:
“Tonight, the President gave an outstanding speech that reflected optimism and a desire to seek bipartisan solutions and a hopeful vision for America. Much has been accomplished and together we can build on these successes.
We passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, providing much needed relief for hard-working Americans and small businesses. Approximately 2.4 million new jobs have been created and unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low, while the stock market continues to reach new highs. Over 250 companies across America have announced either wage increases or bonuses that are a direct result of the tax act, including local companies such as Nelnet, and regional employers such as Union Bank & Trust, Pinnacle Bank and Lawrence Paper Company.
As we build upon this achievement, we must invest in workforce development and job training. I agree with the President’s idea of investing in great vocational schools so Americans can learn a new craft and realize the American dream. To preserve that dream, we must also maintain a strong defense.
As members of Congress, we must answer the President’s call to fully fund our defense and ensure our military is prepared for the challenges they face. Those challenges include North Korea and their nuclear capability, Iran and even ISIS. Although almost 100 percent of the territory ISIS occupied in Iraq and Syria has been liberated, they are still a threat. By keeping Guantanamo Bay open, we can ensure that these terrorists are contained and no longer poses a threat to the safety of America.
The President also discussed the framework for his immigration plan, which will address securing the border, ending the visa lottery system, ends extended family immigration, and offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants. His offer to Congress provides a strong basis for a compromise solution.
The safety of American also depends on a safe, fast, reliable and modern infrastructure system and we must address it now. The President’s idea of leveraging federal dollars with state and local governments, and private sector, where appropriate, will help permanently fix infrastructure development.
We cannot limit our achievements to just legislative accomplishments. Our success should be measured by the impact we have in our schools, businesses, neighborhoods and communities. I look forward to working with my colleagues across the aisle, along with the President, to help us realize our full potential as Americans.