Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young released the following statement in response to President Trump’s second State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress:
“Tonight, President Trump laid out a unifying vision for a stronger America. The President has been a powerful partner for Alaskans, and I am proud that he highlighted many of our important victories in his speech tonight. Nothing unites America more than a flatter, fairer tax code. The State of our Union is strong because our economy is booming. Our new tax code empowers families and entrepreneurs – in Alaska and beyond – to pursue their financial dreams and business goals. I am pleased the President also addressed Natural Resources and energy development, as our new tax law has finally allowed Alaskans the right to develop energy resources on their lands as they see fit.
It is no secret that our Nation’s infrastructure is crumbling. If there is one area where Republicans and Democrats should be able to agree, it should be on rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, and ports. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I am grateful to President Trump for recognizing this urgent issue in his address tonight. I stand ready to work with the President and my friends across the aisle to help deliver new and strengthened infrastructure to Alaska and the rest of our country.
I am pleased that President Trump made a powerful case for securing our borders and reforming the immigration system once and for all, and it is long past time for Congress to act. No side will get 100% of what they want, but as the deadline to prevent another government shutdown gets closer, I respectfully urge my Democratic colleagues to come to the table and negotiate in good faith. We must come to an agreement that funds border security – including barriers where necessary, establishes a resolution for DACA recipients, and respects the rule of law.
President Trump spoke before Congress tonight to unify our divided country. It is my hope that his ambitious agenda will set this Congress on a path to achieve great victories for America – not for Republicans or Democrats alone. In the last century, America defeated evil in Europe and put a man on the moon. If we work together this century, we can make our communities safer, families stronger, and our country more prosperous than ever before.
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