Roe Statement on State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after President Trump’s State of the Union address:
“It was a privilege to attend the State of the Union this evening. President Trump outlined an agenda that will keep our strong economy growing while ensuring our nation remains safe and secure. We have had an exceptional last two years under his leadership. Our economy and job market is strong and continues to flourish. The investments we have made in rebuilding our nation’s military are helping to keep us safe.
Tonight’s speech comes at a critical time, with the three-week funding resolution scheduled to expire at the end of next week. The president made a good-faith offer to Democrats on a compromise proposal that will fund the border security priorities the president believes we need while making changes to our immigration laws that have long been favored by Democrats. In tonight’s speech, I thought the president did a good job of calling on all of us to rise above partisan politics and try to find common ground in the interest of our country. I am hopeful that Democrats will work with the president to find common ground and work to prevent another government shutdown.
I also could not agree more strongly with the president’s decision to highlight the cost of health care and the cost of prescription drugs as a major issue that is on the mind of every American. Before Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act, we needed health care reform that addressed the cost in our system. The ACA only exacerbated this problem. Tonight, we heard a number of proposals from the president that will help Americans better afford their health care needs. I stand ready to work with the president and Democrats in Congress on a serious solution that will help empower patient-centered health care and help to make prescription drugs more affordable.
Finally, I was pleased to hear President Trump emphasize our bipartisan success in passing and implementing the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. President Trump’s leadership in urging Congress to bring accountability back to the VA is big reason this issue became a priority. It proves when we work together on a bipartisan basis, we can get big things done for our country. I am hopeful the bipartisan work we did on these important veteran bills will set us up for even more bipartisan accomplishments this Congress.