Hoeven Statement after President Trump Delivers 2019 State of the Union

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump delivered the 2019 State of the Union address:

“The President outlined a positive, common sense agenda for our nation tonight. He highlighted the strength of our economy as a result of our work to provide tax relief and regulatory reform. At the same time, the president outlined the importance of working together to build a strong future for our country and improve the quality of life for all Americans, including lowering health care costs and ensuring Americans have choice and competition in the health care system. 

“We appreciate the President’s focus on job creation and his efforts to secure the best trade deals possible for our country. We look forward to congressional consideration of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement as soon as possible. At the same time, the President outlined progress in trade negotiations with China. Free and fair trade benefits our economy, so we need to get agreements with our trading partners in place as soon as possible to help our agriculture producers and other exporters.

“As the president also highlighted tonight, we need to rebuild and invest in modern infrastructure for our communities. That includes not only traditional transportation infrastructure, but also rural broadband and the flood protection projects we’re working to build in North Dakota.

“Additionally, we support the President’s efforts to secure our border and we continue working to find a solution that funds a physical barrier, technology and the additional personnel needed to secure the border. Border security is vital to our national security.

“We appreciate the President’s recognition of the good work of our military in securing our interests around the globe and helping to keep our nation safe. We share the President’s goal to bring our men and women in uniform home, but we need to work with our allies in the region and ensure our national security interests. 

“We look forward to continuing to work with the Administration to grow our economy, build important infrastructure and prioritize our national security.”