Here’s how some Ohio lawmakers reacted to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:
Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton
“I think clearly the president’s main themes of moving the economy forward, moving infrastructure forward, rebuilding the country...are themes that will play on both sides of the aisle.”
Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy
“I hope that Democrats accept the President’s invitation to work across the aisle with Republicans on policies like modernizing our infrastructure, securing our southern border, creating a safe and legal immigration system, and lowering the high costs of healthcare and prescription drugs. I also hope we can find common ground on free, fair and reciprocal trade policy. Working together can we solve our country’s biggest problems. Lastly, with unacceptably high deficit spending, we should make every effort to prioritize and reform federal spending. Washington has an addiction to spending borrowed money, which if left unchecked will bankrupt our great country.”
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio
“President Trump talked a lot about how well the economy is doing. But I don’t measure the economy by the stock market. I measure it by people’s paychecks, the cost of healthcare, housing and education. And the reality is that for far too many people in this country, hard work isn’t paying off like it should. President Trump doesn’t understand that, and he’s used the White House to enrich people like himself.”
Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati
“Last year during his State of the Union address, President Trump made clear that he believed that it was the spirit and the drive of the American people, not the government, that will solve our problems and lift us higher as a nation. A little over a year later, it’s clear that he was correct. By reducing the tax burden and cutting regulatory red tape, we have freed the American people, especially our job creators, to do what they do best, and the results are astonishing. Over 300,000 jobs created last month. The lowest unemployment rate since 1969. And robust economic growth the last two quarters – 4.2 percent and 3.4 percent respectively. Not surprisingly, the American people are earning more, as wages grew 3.1 percent in 2018. That’s the good news.
“On the flip side, we’re coming off the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history, and we haven’t yet made the progress necessary to prevent another shutdown ten days from now. And so I applaud President Trump for calling on both parties to work together. We need to put aside our differences and fix the problems that the American people want us to address. That means we need to reinvest in America, securing our southern border and revamping our nation’s infrastructure. We obviously have critical needs in Greater Cincinnati, starting with the Brent Spence Bridge and the Western Hills Viaduct, and we can’t allow partisan bickering in Washington to stall the progress of such important projects.”
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana
Post on Twitter: @POTUS: “Let us reaffirm a fundamental truth. All children—born and unborn—are made in the holy image of God.” All life is sacred and needs our protection. Thank you President Trump for standing for innocent life. #SOTU
Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo
“Time and again, President Trump has told working families in my part of the country that he’ll stand up for them and put their interests first, yet whether it’s on trade, infrastructure, tackling the opioid crisis, prescription drug costs, or effective border security, President Trump has not only failed to deliver on their behalf, he has pushed policies that have actively hurt them,”
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