KTVB checked in with members of Congress Tuesday night after President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address to get a feel for their take on it.
Republican congressmen from Idaho applauded the president's speech, as Trump looked back on last year's endeavors and outlined plans for the future.
Idaho's congressional delegation said Congress and the administration were able to accomplish many priorities in 2017 that the American people called for. Tax reform, deregulation, job creation, repealing an Affordable Care Act mandate, Veterans Affairs reform, weakening ISIS control, and adding a new Supreme Court justice are among the accomplishments they tout.
We heard from Idaho Sen. Jim Risch on Tuesday just outside the House chamber where the president spoke.
"It's a pivot to presidentiality, if that's a word. He was impressive tonight, it was a great speech. Certainly right at the beginning he took his well-deserved victory lap with all the things he's been able to accomplish," Sen. Risch said. "The American people don't hear that because of the persona and because of the news stories being about him, as opposed to the issues and the accomplishments of this president."
Sen. Risch also sent out a statement that reads:
"The American people have asked for less taxes, less regulations, more jobs and more security - they are getting exactly that. As the President outlined tonight, we were able to accomplish so many priorities in 2017 including: historic tax reform, unprecedented deregulation, job creation, repeal of a significant portion of Obamacare, reform of the Veterans Administration, degradation of ISIS’ territory and strength, record breaking realignment of the federal judiciary, as well as confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, and the list goes on. All of this has established a very strong economy with low unemployment and strong growth. I am confident Americans will see more accomplishments in the next year and tonight the President outlined how he plans to do it.”
Rep. Mike Simpson issued this statement after the State of the Union:
“In today’s divided political climate it may seem difficult to find consensus. However, it is undisputable that the American economy is strong and on the rise. President Trump signed into law the largest tax reform policy in more than three decades and the results have been overwhelming. Businesses all over the world are investing and reinvesting in America, and families are keeping more of their hard-earned money in their pockets through bonuses, increased wages, added benefits, stock options, and lower utility bills.
“I was very glad to hear the President’s emphasis on addressing our massive infrastructure needs. Whether it be our water and sewer systems, our roads and bridges, public lands, or our national grid, we have long been the beneficiaries of investments that our forefathers made. It is our job to maintain this backbone of our economy for future generations.
“In the past year, the President and Congress have rolled back thousands of pages of burdensome regulations that have stifled American innovation and job creation. This is a key part of our economic success, and will also be crucial in ensuring infrastructure projects can be completed in an efficient and cost effective time frame.
“There is still more work to be done on many issues, including immigration, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to address the most pressing issues our nation faces.”
Rep. Raul Labrador released a statement as well, saying:
“After a very successful first year in office, President Trump showed tonight that he remains committed to changing the way Washington works. In 2017, President Trump and Congressional Republicans scored big wins on the economy – passing tax reform, repealing the Obamacare mandate, and repealing job-killing regulations. We also added an outstanding justice to the Supreme Court. Now we need to keep the momentum going and fulfill President Trump’s number one promise to the American people: fixing our broken immigration system. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address this problem and make our country stronger and safer. I will continue working closely with the President and my colleagues in Congress to get the job done.
“We also need to tackle other key issues – such as fully repealing Obamacare, reducing spending, and bringing accountability to rogue government agencies – and I will continue working closely with the President on those issues as well.”
Sen. Mike Crapo released the following video and written response to the president's address and policy proposals, saying Trump outlined an ambitious agenda to "move the nation forward":
“This evening, the President outlined an optimistic and ambitious agenda. It will build on the momentum of the tax reform measure passed by Congress in December, which is already providing relief for all taxpayers, with the greatest relief going to those in the lower and middle-income tax brackets. Since the passage of tax reform, millions of workers have already received tax cuts and pay bonuses – including many Idahoans.
“To keep the nation moving forward, the President addressed the need to expedite project delivery as we modernize American infrastructure. Transportation infrastructure has been a longstanding bipartisan issue and I intend to continue that tradition and conversation about how we keep our nation moving as Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.
“The President also addressed the need to keep our business community competitive in an ever-increasing global economy. In addition to tax reform, in his first year, President Trump worked with Congress to eliminate overly burdensome regulations at a rate greater than any other administration, and tonight he re-committed to that effort of clearing out the mess of federal overregulation that has crippled our economy for far too long. I appreciate the President’s call to continue reducing unnecessary regulation to keep our competitive advantage. Maintaining a strong economy will benefit all of Idaho’s communities and businesses. A robust, unrestrained economy, along with continuing our role as a leader in producing and innovating in energy, benefits Idaho industries such as Idaho National Lab, which employs thousands of Idahoans and leads the research that is powering our nation and our world. Reduced regulation will ensure companies and enterprises of all sizes to keep Idahoans working, researching, and developing solutions to our biggest challenges.
“Finally, President Trump talked about the need to rebuild and strengthen our military readiness for any mission, the ongoing fight to eliminate ISIS and terrorist acts both within and outside our borders. Idaho’s women and men at Mountain Home Air Force Base and Gowen Field deserve our assurances that we will provide them the resources they need to accomplish any mission. The President also sent a strong message about stopping the aggression exhibited from North Korea, a sentiment that has been echoed by Congress. To that end, the Banking Committee has approved legislation designed to stop and deter the dangerous aggression exhibited from North Korea.
“I look forward to working with President Trump, the Administration, and my colleagues in Congress to continue building upon our successes of the last year, and to fulfill the President’s goals of making America stronger, safer, and prouder.”