Utah lawmakers react to Trump’s State of the Union Address

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WASHINGTON (NEWS4Utah) – President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address and provided his assessment of his first year in office with a look ahead at his agenda as he continues to work towards fulfilling his campaign promise to “make America great again.”

The president addressed tax reform, national security, infrastructure, trade and immigration reform.

Here is reaction from Utah lawmakers to the president’s speech Tuesday night:

Senator Orrin Hatch: 

“As the President noted, tax reform has been a remarkable success. Companies across the country have already used their tax savings to reward hardworking families.”
 
 

Senator Mike Lee:

“I was encouraged by his message of hope. I was thrilled with the fact that he talked about the many benefits of the tax reform package.”

Congresswoman Mia Love:

“The President’s remarks this evening highlighted some positive developments from this past year, including tax reform and regulatory relief, that have renewed confidence in our economy. Because of these historic achievements, Utahns will have more money in their pocket and new opportunities to pursue their dreams.  However, the work of the 115th Congress is not yet complete. We must repair our broken immigration system, update our nation’s infrastructure, take care of our veterans, and ensure opportunity for all Americans. I am eager to work with my friends and colleagues on both sides of the aisle for the benefit of the American people. If we can tackle these issues in a spirit of unity, I am confident that our nation’s outlook will remain bright.”


Congressman Rob Bishop:

“The civilian and military workforce at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base should be encouraged to know their Commander in Chief has just reemphasized the crucial role they play in America’s military readiness. The President is pursuing a policy of peace through strength. Utah is providing that strength.”  

Congressman Chris Stewart:


Congressman John Curtis:

“My first few months in Congress have been exciting: I’ve flown on Air Force One, introduced legislation, voted for the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and now I’m witnessing my first State of the Union.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has proven not to be Armageddon. 3 million Americans are already seeing the return on their paychecks because we delivered a fairer, simpler, pro-family tax code to give more money back to taxpayers and spur economic growth.

Tonight, I was encouraged that President Trump expressed a desire to come together to solve immigration and rightfully challenged Congress to act. We are facing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to preserve DACA and protect our country.

Our nation, and especially Utah, will benefit from the $1 trillion investment in our nation’s infrastructure. In addition to rebuilding and repair our aging roads and bridges, we must also invest in rural broadband infrastructure.

I think the President did a fine job. It’s now up to Congress to do the hard work to solve our broken immigration system and strengthen our national defenses.”

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