Alaska’s all-Republican delegation to Congress praised President Donald Trump for delivering a positive message in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.
“The president tried to create a unifying message that focused a lot on American history and American achievement, which I thought was really important and inspiring,” Sen. Dan Sullivan said.
Sullivan also thinks Trump was helping to unify the country when he talked about the economy.
“Everybody’s supportive of a really strong economy and really low unemployment,” he said.
That may be true, but Democrats took to Twitter last night to point out that the economic expansion continues a trend that began under President Barack Obama, and that some of the indicators aren’t as positive as Trump said they are.
President Trump talked a lot about how well the economy is doing. I don’t measure the economy by the stock market. I measure it by people’s paychecks, the cost of healthcare, housing, & education. And for far too many people, hard work isn’t paying off like it should. -SB #SOTU pic.twitter.com/99SBqQxhuR
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) February 6, 2019
Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she appreciates the president’s references to shining moments in American history, like the liberation of Europe in World War II and landing a man on the moon
“I think it was important to remind us of the greatness of who we are as a nation,” she said in a recorded video after the speech.
Congressman Don Young declined an interview request Wednesday, but in a message he recorded before the speech he said he looked forward to Trump’s call to rebuild America’s infrastructure.
“The big issue is how do we fund it,” Young said. “There’s no pie-in-the-sky in this business. We’re going to have a user fee, a mileage fee or a gas tax to pay for it, because no way can we pay for it otherwise.”
In last year’s State of the Union, Trump asked Congress to pass a $1.5 trillion infrastructure program. When he later unveiled his plan, it called for most of the money to come from state and local governments and private companies.
In his address Tuesday night, Trump didn’t provide any specifics about what kind of infrastructure plan he supports or how he intends to pay for it, only that he’s eager to work with Congress on a bill.
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