On Tuesday, President Donald Trump gave the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Below are reactions from Wisconsin Republicans.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI): “Tonight, President Trump outlined a vision for Republicans and Democrats to work together to build a safer, more prosperous and secure country for every American. In many respects, the speech was a celebration of America — its heroes and accomplishments. I hope we can all be inspired by it and respond to the president’s call to choose greatness.”
Rep. Bryan Steil (WI-01): “The president set forth an agenda that strengthens families and workers. There are clearly areas he discussed that both parties can work on to solve problems. I’m committed to cutting through the dysfunction in Washington and working with my colleagues to get results.”
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05): “Just over a month ago, Congress and the President found a way to come together and pass historic, bipartisan criminal justice reform—the culmination of an effort I was proud to lead for over a decade. Together, we must build upon that success and choose to push forward through partisan gridlock, reject unprincipled resistance, and restore civility and cooperation. The last two years were filled with many successes for the American people, and we must charge ahead to ensure security, restore liberty, and increase opportunity for all. “
Rep. Sean Duffy (WI-07): “Tonight, President Trump made clear that America’s Blue Collar Comeback is real, and the American Dream is alive and once again achievable. More manufacturing jobs were added last year than at any time since 1997, unemployment is down, and wages are up. President Trump’s vision for our nation’s future, which includes fighting for American workers and farmers by leveling the playing field on trade, strengthening our military, and securing our southern border, should make every American proud. I will continue to work with President Trump and my Democrat and Republican colleagues to help Make America Great Again.”
Rep. Glenn Grothman (WI-06):
I applaud President Trump for recapping our achievements in the past and for laying out his agenda for his next two years.
President Trump reminded us that he isn’t afraid to stand up to unions by highlighting the passage of Veterans Administration (VA) Accountability Act, a bill allowing the VA to let employees go when their performance is not up to the standard our veteran’s deserve.
We passed a tax cut that, not only energized the American economy, but also doubled the child tax credit to benefit American families.
He reminded us of the massive reduction in government red tape, which, among other things, has led to America becoming the world’s number one oil and gas producer.
He pointed out that Republican policies have led to the biggest decline in prescription drug prices in 46 years.
He reminded people of his bipartisan work on a criminal justice reform bill that will allow non-violent criminals to resume productive lives after being released from prison.
Looking forward, President Trump cemented his promise to increase funding for disease research by telling the heartwarming story of one of tonight’s distinguished guests, 10-year-old Grace Eline, a childhood cancer survivor.
He changed the policy of the last two presidents and promised American combat troops be taken out of Afghanistan after 17 years of involvement in that region. He also called for further negotiations on freeloading by our allies regarding national defense obligations.
I was particularly pleased that President Trump solidified himself as the most pro-life president in American history by endorsing a nationwide prohibition on abortion when babies can feel pain – 20 weeks and older. He condemned the New York and Virginia governors for their ghoulish endorsement of killing a child the day the child is born.
President Trump has tried to get Democrat legislators to understand that compassion mandates a border wall by introducing an angel family, including Debra Bissell, whose parents were tragically killed by illegal immigrants. He also recounted the tens of thousands of American lives lost by drugs coming across our southern border.
I was glad to be part of President Trump’s accomplishments over the last two years, including his tax cut agenda, VA reform agenda, and reduction of government regulations. I eagerly look forward to helping him pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, of which I am a cosponsor, as well as helping him secure funding to build the wall and secure the border.
Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester):
“I’m excited to see more of the President’s agenda put into action, including the United States-MexicoCanada Agreement. The President has proven he’ll work hard to protect American and Wisconsin workers.
“I agree with the President that our nation’s leaders should find ways to work together to rebuild our country’s infrastructure and ensure healthcare is affordable and accessible. I also appreciate his call for bipartisanship and a rejection of today’s politics of resistance.
“The Administration continues to place a priority on empowering the states to innovate. Our country needs to return to its federalist roots and the 10th Amendment allows for the return of power to the states. Our country works better with a strong federal and state partnership.”