WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump’s delayed State of the Union address delivered earlier this week delivered a strong message of unity in America.
“There is a new opportunity in American politics, if only we have the courage, together, to seize it,“ President Trump said. “Victory is not winning for our party. Victory is winning for our country”
This year, America will recognize two important anniversaries that show us the majesty of America’s mission and the power of American pride.
“In June, we mark 75 years since the start of what General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the “Great Crusade” — the Allied liberation of Europe in World War II. On D-Day, June 6th, 1944, 15,000 young American men jumped from the sky, and 60,000 more stormed in from the sea, to save our civilization from tyranny. Here with us tonight are three of those incredible heroes: Private First Class Joseph Reilly, Staff Sergeant Irving Locker, and Sergeant Herman Zeitchik. Please. Gentlemen, we salute you.”
“In 2019, we also celebrate 50 years since brave young pilots flew a quarter of a million miles through space to plant the American flag on the face of the moon. Half a century later, we are joined by one of the Apollo 11 astronauts who planted that flag: Buzz Aldrin. (Applause.) Thank you, Buzz. This year, American astronauts will go back to space on American rockets.”
He continued with the news of the current state of prosperity being seen and felt across the county.
“In just over two years since the election, we have launched an unprecedented economic boom — a boom that has rarely been seen before,” President Trump said. “There’s been nothing like it. We have created 5.3 million new jobs and, importantly, added 600,000 new manufacturing jobs — something which almost everyone said was impossible to do. But the fact is, we are just getting started.”
“Wages are rising at the fastest pace in decades and growing for blue-collar workers, who I promised to fight for. They’re growing faster than anyone else thought possible. Nearly 5 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps. The U.S. economy is growing almost twice as fast today as when I took office. And we are considered, far and away, the hottest economy anywhere in the world. Not even close.”
President Trump also highlighted the cooperation between both parties in creating legislation to combat big problems in the country today.
“In the last Congress, both parties came together to pass unprecedented legislation to confront the opioid crisis, a sweeping new farm bill, historic VA reforms,” Trump said. “And after four decades of rejection, we passed VA Accountability so that we can finally terminate those who mistreat our wonderful veterans.”
Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:
“In his remarks tonight, the president once again laid out a clear vision for our nation’s future while also reflecting on all that we’ve accomplished in the past year. Thanks to tax reform and other pro-growth policies, our economy is booming, wages are on the rise, and Americans across the country are finding jobs again. I stand ready to work with the president and my colleagues in Congress to continue the momentum we’ve created these past two years and continue delivering solutions that will lead to an even more prosperous nation.
“I was also encouraged to hear the president lay out other important national priorities like border security. As chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee and one of a handful of senators entrusted with reaching a funding compromise, I’ve been focused on producing an agreement that will keep the government open, provide for our Homeland Security needs, stop the flow of illegal drugs, and secure our borders.
“Another of my top priorities the president highlighted is rebuilding American infrastructure. Putting together a package that will strengthen the country’s transportation and infrastructure systems will play an important role in improving our communities and driving economic growth. I’m excited to be a leader in that effort as chair of the EPW Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee.
“These and many of the other issues the president covered in tonight’s address are important national priorities that can help continue to move our country forward. It’s critical that we come together—Republicans and Democrats—to find common ground and to deliver solutions that address the country’s challenges, create new opportunities for families and individuals, and build a brighter future for West Virginians and for all Americans.”
Congressman Alex X. Mooney released the following statement in reaction to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:
“Tonight, President Donald Trump outlined a bold agenda that will continue to grow the economy and keep America safe. By cutting taxes and reducing unnecessary government regulations, jobs are coming back to our country and the economy is growing at a record rate.
Despite constant attacks from liberals and obstruction by Democrats in Congress, President Trump has stood firm and delivered on the promises he made to the American people.
While there is more work to be done, West Virginians are optimistic about the future thanks to President Trump. I look forward to continuing to work with our President to protect our borders, create jobs, protect innocent unborn babies and fight for our individual liberties”, said Congressman Mooney.
Showing his support for President Trump, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) noted in a pre SOTU release that he hoped to hear a message that mapped out a path of unity, compromise and commonsense. Senator Manchin noted the country is recovering from the longest government shutdown in history.
“Make no mistake, this manufactured shutdown has done deep harm to our economy and our political discourse and Americans and West Virginians are the ones who have paid the price,” Manchin said. “And now, we have less than two weeks to prevent another government shutdown. We cannot continue to hold Americans hostage. It’s why I have introduced legislation to prevent Senators, Representatives, the President and the Vice President from getting paid during a government shutdown. If federal workers are not getting paid, I don’t believe we should be paid either. We have too many other important issues to address - securing our miners’ pensions, lowering healthcare and drug costs, supporting our seniors, veterans and children, and creating jobs in West Virginia – to waste time on shutdowns.”