Palazzo Comments on State of the Union Address
Washington, DC – Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) released the following statement after President Donald Trump's first official State of the Union address.
"Tonight, I was inspired to hear President Trump share his priorities and vision for our nation. Our country is faced with many problems, but over the last year our focus has been to make America safer, stronger, and prouder." Palazzo said. "We are seeing record breaking lows for unemployment levels, a booming economy, jobs returning back to American soil and a revitalized commitment to our troops.
"In his speech, he called on Congress to work on securing our borders, and I couldn't agree more. We must take quick action to secure our borders by providing the proper tools that will prevent illegal immigrants from crossing into the United States. We can no longer allow illegal drugs and weapons to enter our country. Historically, presidents have called for action, but now we have a leader who wants to take real steps toward fixing our broken immigration system. I agree that we must construct physical barriers where it is necessary. We must also hire more immigration officers and implement state-of-the-art technology that will allow for effective control of our borders. Securing our borders should not be a question of if or when, but how and now.
"I was thrilled to hear him highlight the tremendous tax relief we passed for the middle class and small businesses. South Mississippians know the value and pride that comes with hard work. After we passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act we've seen hundreds of companies invest back into our economy; the stock market has boomed; wages, college savings, and retirement accounts have increased; and bonuses are still being handed out. All of this is a product of tax reform. This goes hand-in-hand with eliminating crippling regulations across the board. Since his first day in office, the President took immediate action to rollback burdensome regulations and it is clear he plans to continue on this path. All of these opportunities and investments will work together to lift up all Americans.
"One of the most promising parts of the President's address was his commitment to rebuild our military and not repeat the mistakes of previous administrations. The war on global terrorism is far from over, and knowing our Commander in Chief wants to ensure our military has the tools they need to win is a nice change of pace from the Obama Administration. In Congress, our first constitutional responsibility is to provide for the common defense of this nation. That starts with investing in our military and remaining a powerful global force.
"We know there are greater opportunities on the horizon. I was inspired by his words, and agree that we are living in a new American moment."