GOVERNMENT

Utah representatives respond to State of the Union address

Feb 5, 2020, 12:06 PM
Democrats impeachment...
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 04: President Donald Trump holds a glass of water during the State of the Union address as House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Vice President Mike Pence look on in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump delivers his third State of the Union to the nation the night before the U.S. Senate is set to vote in his impeachment trial. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON–Utah representatives are responding to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address he gave Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.

During the address, Trump highlighted several accomplishments he’s made while in office, focusing on the economy, unemployment rates, border control and more.

Trump began the night stating that the country is doing well — in fact, stronger than it ever has been before.

“I am thrilled to report to you tonight that our economy is the best it has ever been,” President Trump said. ” Our military is completely rebuilt, with its power being unmatched anywhere in the world — and it is not even close.  Our borders are secure.  Our families are flourishing.  Our values are renewed.  Our pride is restored.  And for all these reasons, I say to the people of our great country, and to the Members of Congress before me:  The State of our Union is stronger than ever before!”

The economic strength the President speaks of can also be seen on a local level, according to the White House. Utah’s state economy has been improving, with the unemployment rate falling to 2.3% — a record low — and 146,000 jobs being created since Trump’s election.

“The 46 opportunity zones in Utah are attracting investment to previously forgotten communities, including in Davis, Salt Lake, and Weber counties,” the White House wrote in a press release. “Utah’s falling poverty rate has lifted 55,000 people out of poverty.”

Utah representatives responded to the State of the Union address shortly after it ended, with many praising Trump for his work in the last three years.

Rep. Chris Stewart

Rep. Chris Stewart posted a video on Facebook, commending the president on his accomplishments and how they pertain to Utah.

“When the president talks about ‘The Great American Comeback,’ it really is true,” Stewart said. “We’ve had remarkable success in the last three years.”

Stewart pointed to the economic growth in the country, specifically how it’s benefiting the state economy.

“The strongest economy in my lifetime,” Stewart said. “I love the fact that this economy is benefiting the hardest workers among us.”

 

Stewart noted that the unemployment rate is at a 50-year low, with the president working to lower the costs of healthcare, paid family leave and expanding access to affordable childcare.

He also pointed toward the military, stating it’s more powerful than ever before — giving the servicemen and women the support they deserve to defend against terrorism and outside threats.

“The world can be a dangerous place and the world looks to the United States for leadership,” Stewart said, “The president has rebuilt our military, he’s reinvigorated that leadership and it’s made a real difference.”

Sen. Mike Lee

Sen. Mike Lee added to the conversation shortly after the address was over, mainly focusing on the economy in Utah.

“President Trump is at his highest approval rate,” Lee said in a Facebook video. “Because we’re currently experiencing a significant blue-collar boom.”

Lee pointed to how wages are rising faster for those without a college degree, giving the lowest-income workers a 16% increase since the election.

“It’s the very Americans who were most left behind in the Obama economy that are now succeeding under the Trump economy,” he said.

He also highlighted how thousands of Utahns have been lifted out of poverty through Trump’s economy while reaching an all-time low unemployment rate.

“President Trump knocked it out of the park in the State of the Union address tonight,” Lee said. “I thought he did a fantastic job. I’m equally grateful for the job he’s doing in the White House.”

Sen. Romney

Sen. Mitt Romney has been known to turn heads for being a critic of President Trump despite being in the same party. Romney was one of two Senate Republicans who voted for witness accounts in the impeachment trial.

Romney listened to the State of the Union with Utah Governor Gary Herbert, thanking him — rather than the Trump administration — for Utah’s growth at the beginning of his statement.

“I appreciated welcoming Governor Herbert to the Capitol and spending time with him ahead of the State of the Union address,” Romney wrote in a statement. “Under his leadership, Utah continues to see economic prosperity, job growth, and our unemployment rate is at a record low.

In Romney’s response, he spent some time praising the highs of the State of the Union.

“Our nation has experienced similarly strong economic growth, with rising wages, more job creation, and low unemployment for the past few years,” he wrote. “The President rightfully recognized that success and also highlighted several policy areas in which both parties should work together.”

But, he also spent time urging the president to address the lows the country still faces.

“Going forward, I am urging Congress and the President to urgently address our nation’s runaway debt, which threatens our retirement programs like Social Security and Medicare.”

Romney finished his statement addressing his TRUST act, which he says would address the country’s debt crisis. This legislation is Romney’s top priority this year.

 

Rep. John Curtis

Rep. Job Curtis also focused on the economic growth in the country and locally in Utah, despite what he calls “partisan times.”

“I am thankful that even during partisan times, the American economy is strong,” Curtis said in a statement.

Curtis thanked the president for prioritizing bipartisan approaches to address problems in healthcare and infrastructure, despite the somewhat polarized environment.

“I look forward to working with both the Administration and my colleagues in Congress to deliver meaningful changes for Utah’s Third District.”

Rep. Ben McAdams

Like Sen. Romney, Rep. Ben McAdams briefly praised the successes seen so far in the Trump presidency — while also looking forward to more work.

McAdams said he listened to the speech with 24 Republicans and 24 Democrats in the Problem-Solving Caucus. He said they weren’t separated by the aisle in the House chamber that normally divides parties, as an effort to show bipartisan support for the country’s growth.

“I’ve learned from my time in public service that you don’t have to agree on every issue in order to find common ground and achieve progress,” McAdams said in a statement. “With a strong economy and more Americans employed, now is the time for us to work together to get our fiscal house in order, strengthen Social Security and Medicare and invest in modernizing infrastructure.”

McAdams said now is the time to continue building consensus and passing bipartisan legislation to move the country forward. He said it’s increasingly important to support representatives on good ideas, regardless of what side the aisle they are on.

“I’m eager to work with my colleagues and the President to pass bipartisan legislation to dramatically lower prescription drug prices,” he said.

McAdams joined Dave & Dujanovic’s show Wednesday morning to talk more about his experience listening to the speech.

McAdams also responded to Nancy Pelosi ripping President’s Trump speech after he was finished speaking. He said that it was disrespectful and disappointing to see.

“I think Speaker Pelosi was wrong to rip up the president’s speech,” he said. “The American people deserve better than that.”

Rep. Rob Bishop

Rep. Rob Bishop highlighted the successes of the country underneath the leadership of President Trump.

“We are in the midst of an incredible time in America’s history,” Bishop said in a statement. “By almost any metric, Americans today are faring better than they were before 2016.”

Bishop pointed to the economic strength in Utah as well as the improvements in national security. He said this is thanks to Trump’s leadership and bipartisan cooperation.

“We are safer and we are stronger, and I commend President Trump and his administration for creating an environment in which Americans can succeed,” he said.  “I remain optimistic that our best days are ahead of us.”

Today’s Top Stories

Government

Herbert Cox statement Reyes election lawsuit...
Mark Jones

State of Utah files lawsuit against pharmaceutical retailers

Three pharmaceutical retailers are facing a lawsuit from the State of Utah. The lawsuit was filed the week of July 1.
5 days ago
This June 20, 2017, photo provided by Chris Wonderly shows Hovenweep Castle at Hovenweep National M...
Curt Gresseth

Supreme Court widens state power over tribes. What does it mean for Utah?

The director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs discusses the recent US Supreme Court ruling and what it means for tribes in Utah.
6 days ago
Ketanji Brown Jackson takes the oath for the Supreme Court....
MARK SHERMAN Associated Press

Jackson sworn in, becomes 1st Black woman on Supreme Court

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, 51, will be sworn as the court's 116th justice Thursday, just as the man she is replacing, Justice Stephen Breyer, retires.
6 days ago
Immigration activists rally outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC on April 26. Photo credi...
Tierney Sneed and Priscilla Alvarez, CNN

Supreme Court says Biden can end Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ immigration policy

The Supreme Court on Thursday gave President Joe Biden the green light to end the controversial "Remain in Mexico" immigration policy.
6 days ago
The Supreme Court is pictured. The court just limited the EPA...
MARK SHERMAN Associated Press

Supreme Court limits EPA in curbing power plant emissions

The Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation's main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
6 days ago
President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference on the final day of the NATO summit in Madrid, ...
DARLENE SUPERVILLE and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press

Biden says transatlantic alliance has adapted to new threats

Biden's comments came at a press conference in Madrid at the conclusion of the annual meeting of NATO leaders and after he attended a summit with the Group of Seven advanced democratic economies in the Bavarian Alps.
6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Utah representatives respond to State of the Union address