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Mississippi leaders react: President Trump’s first State of the Union address

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Thousands of people across the state tuned in to watch the president give his first State of the Union address Tuesday night and now Mississippi’s leaders are responding to the State of the Union address which mentioned everything from the economy, tax reform, immigration, and infrastructure, to Guantanamo Bay and North Korea.

“President Trump’s address to the nation emphasized his commitment to a stronger and safer America,” said U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee and its Subcommittee on Defense. “He outlined an ambitious agenda, and I will continue to work with his administration to rebuild our military and strengthen the economy. The President’s plan to enhance our nation’s infrastructure holds great potential for Mississippi.  I hope Congress will work in a bipartisan manner this year to pass significant investments for infrastructure and public works.”

Congressman Steven Palazzo said that he was inspired to listen to President Trump share his priorities and vision for America.

“Our country is faced with many problems, but over the last year our focus has been to make America safer, stronger, and prouder,” said Congressman Steven Palazzo. “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. 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 roll back 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.

U.S. Congressman Gregg Harper, Chairman of the Committee on House Administration and the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, released a statement following the address.

“In his first year in office, President Trump worked side-by-side with Congress to deliver a fair, simple, pro-family tax code, providing much-needed relief to the taxpayers and boosting America’s economy to levels not seen before,” said Congressman Gregg Harper. “As a result, over 75% of Mississippi taxpayers will start to see an increase in their paycheck this month. Those are real results for real people. In his speech, the President discussed his bipartisan pathway forward to strengthen our national security and rebuild our nation’s infrastructure. I look forward to working with the Trump Administration to continue to deliver measurable results for our country and for the American people.”

Governor Phil Bryant was also in attendance at the Capitol during the State of the Union address to represent Mississippi. Governor Bryant, who was asked to attend the event by President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this was the first State of the Union address he has ever attended.

“In the past 12 months, President Donald J. Trump has increased security by making our military stronger, grown our economy by cutting taxes and eliminating regulations and made it clear that America comes first,” said Governor Phil Bryant. “I am grateful he reinforced his commitment to those values tonight in his State of the Union. I was honored to attend.”



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