Wyoming delegates respond to Trump’s SOTU

WYOMING – US Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, along with Rep. Liz Cheney, were in lockstep with President Donald Trump’s message last night as he delivered the State of the Union address.

“The president and I are in the same party and we share quite a few of the same priorities,” Enzi said in a prepared statement. “We believe in the sanctity of life. I’m concerned about economic and security threats posed by China, Russia and others. We need free trade, but it has to be fair trade. Given the right opportunities, American workers will help our country rise to new heights.

“We need a strong national defense and we need to protect our homeland from terrorist attacks. I believe we need to secure our borders through the most effective and efficient means. Our immigration system needs to be overhauled. We must find ways to bring health care costs down. The real difficulty is how we accomplish these and other shared goals.

John Barrasso (L) helps Mike Enzi (R) celebrate his birthday on February 1. The senior senator from Wyoming turned 75. (Barrasso Facebook)

“Our country faces a threat that is entirely of our own making that perhaps is more dangerous than the others. That is our national debt. No elected leader likes to tell the electorate that they want to spend less money on the things the electorate wants, but decades of overpromising have weakened our country and, as a fiscal leader in the Senate, I will be looking at every proposal to see what it costs and whether we can get more for less.”

Barrasso added, “In his address, the president put forward an optimistic vision for how he will continue to improve the quality of life for all Americans. I share his commitment to making health care and prescription drugs more affordable for working families. As chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, I know we can strengthen American infrastructure through targeted investments in aging roads and bridges.

“The president’s roadmap for American greatness includes policies both parties can support. I hope Democrats will come to the table in good faith to make progress for the American people instead of continuing to take a hard left turn that will lead to more spending, higher taxes, and less freedom.”

Cheney stated, “Working with Congressional Republicans, President Trump has been able to steer our country back on the right track. Our economy is growing. People are seeing more success and opportunity come their way. The agenda he outlined tonight would build on this progress to expand prosperity, opportunity and security for all Americans.

“While the President outlines this optimistic vision of greatness for our nation, House Democrats are proposing a much scarier alternative. Their new majority is defined by far-left socialism, with extreme ideas that take freedom and initiative from people and give it to the federal government. The want to levy trillions in new taxes on the backs of hardworking Americans and jeopardize the safety of our country by ignoring the crisis on the southern border.

“That’s not the approach that this country needs. House Republicans stand shoulder-to-shoulder with President Trump and are ready to work alongside him to pursue reasonable, common-sense policies that will improve the lives of every single American. Those are exactly the kinds of ideas that he detailed tonight.”

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