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Hice: In a year under Trump, a safe and strong US
Congressman says president accomplishes much in first year
President Donald Trump signs a "Make America Great Again" cap for U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., left, after the State of the Union address Tuesday night, Jan. 30, 2018, in Washington. - Contributed photo

WASHINGTON — From rebuilding our military to tax and regulatory reform, President Donald Trump’s first year included many notable accomplishments.

On Tuesday, during his first State of the Union address, he focused on the good that is happening in our nation and laid out bold ideas and clear goals for the upcoming year.

President Trump spoke from the heart, and I’m thankful that he continues to tackle some of the nation’s most pressing issues head-on as we work to improve the lives of Americans across the country.

I appreciate the president’s commitment to national security, including border security, and to our armed forces, law enforcement, emergency personnel and individuals who are serving their neighbors in any way they can with simple acts of kindness. His descriptions of brave Americans taking heroic action are exceptionally powerful, and we should continue to tell their stories.  

On the economic front, he pointed out the extensive and wide-reaching positive results of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — a pro-family, pro-business and pro-growth tax improvement. Workers are gaining new ground because of lower taxes, bigger bonuses, higher wages and better benefits.

At the same time, major companies like Apple and Exxon are going to invest billions of dollars and hire thousands of personnel. This is something to cheer about, and we all — regardless of party affiliation — should be excited about this level of investment right here at home.

In laying out proposals for upcoming issues, including immigration, he communicated that he has heard all sides, and he’s trying to strike a middle ground. I agree with the president’s call for unity in government and for the American people to work together to solve problems large and small. Despite what the media report, I still believe there remains an immense opportunity for bipartisan cooperation to address and resolve some critical issues our country is currently facing.

During the speech, he also signaled forthcoming detailed blueprints on infrastructure, the opioid crisis and criminal justice reform, among other things, and I look forward to seeing more proposals from the White House. When America is safe, strong and proud, we can accomplish anything, and I’m optimistic that with President Trump’s leadership, my colleagues in Congress and I will continue to make progress by enacting policies that build an America that is safer, stronger, and even more prosperous.

Jody Hice, a Republican from Greensboro, represents the 10th District in Congress. Online: hice.house.gov.