Virginia and W.Va. politicians weigh in on the State of the Union address

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Senators and Congressmen in Virginia and West Virginia released statements regarding President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address.  Here are the comments they had:

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV):

“Tonight, President Trump delivered an important reminder of what we as a country have accomplished in the past year, as well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Working together, Congress and the administration rolled back overly burdensome regulations, ended the war on coal, and once again created an environment that encourages growth and investment. We delivered comprehensive tax reform that is already putting money back in the pockets of hardworking Americans and empowering our small businesses to succeed. And we assured the millions of Americans who felt forgotten by the policies of the previous administration that we are fighting for them. 

“The president also presented a clear and optimistic vision for the future—one that is focused on strength and pride and built on bipartisanship. That’s a vision I believe in, and I am ready to help achieve it. So, let’s get to work. Let’s continue to encourage and drive economic growth. Let’s invest in America’s infrastructure to better connect our communities and close the digital divide. Let’s continue to move forward with an all-of-the-above energy strategy. Let’s strengthen efforts to fight the opioid epidemic and keep our country safe. Like the president, I am confident our best days are ahead, and I will continue fighting for a bright and successful future for West Virginians and Americans across this great nation.” 
 

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA):

“The President missed an opportunity tonight to show he’s serious about being a bipartisan dealmaker. Despite the length of this speech, there was little in it that reached beyond the divisiveness and partisanship of his first year in office.

 “He has been saying for months that investing in our nation’s roads, bridges and tunnels must be a priority. And I agree. But after months of talking, it’s time for the President to move beyond rhetoric, start offering specifics, and be serious about real funding solutions.

 “I also believe that there is a bipartisan deal to be had that would grant Dreamers – the undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children –  a pathway to citizenship, and increase funding for border security. But tonight President Trump showed that he is not willing to stop catering to the most heartless, extreme elements of his base who want to restrict nearly all forms of legal immigration.

“At a time when the dedicated men and women of the FBI and the Department of Justice are under attack from the President’s allies on Capitol Hill, I was extremely disappointed not to hear the President deliver a clear and unequivocal statement of support for our nation’s career law enforcement officers.

“Finally, I was particularly disturbed that the President chose to demagogue hard-working federal employees, who are already being asked to do more with less with every passing year in service to their country.”​​
 

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV):

“What a difference a year makes. In just the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, West Virginia has seen its economy become one of the fastest growing in the nation. West Virginians are more optimistic about our future, our coal miners are going back to work, and tax reform is putting more money in the pockets of hardworking families.

“President Trump outlined a bold path forward in his State of the Union address, one that will invest in our country and improve our national security. I applaud the president for proposing a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, and I stand ready to help him get this through Congress. By investing in our roads, bridges, water, sewer and broadband, we will improve the quality of life in West Virginia and help attract new, diverse industries. As go the roads, so go the jobs.

“The president also addressed the challenges facing our nation through unchecked illegal immigration. I strongly oppose amnesty for those who entered this country illegally. We are a nation of laws, and those laws must be respected and followed. I have voted to give the Trump administration the first $1.6 billion requested for the wall, and I will continue to support the funding needed to secure our border and protect Americans.

“Later this week, I will join President Trump in West Virginia as he makes his third visit to our state since taking office. West Virginians are proud to support our president, and I will continue to fight for his policies and solutions in Congress.”

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