Washington, D.C. - Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Westwood) made the following statement Tuesday in response to President Trump's State of the Union address:
"Last year during his State of the Union address, President Trump made clear that he believed that it was the spirit and the drive of the American people, not the government, that will solve our problems and lift us higher as a nation. A little over a year later, it’s clear that he was correct. By reducing the tax burden and cutting regulatory red tape, we have freed the American people, especially our job creators, to do what they do best, and the results are astonishing. Over 300,000 jobs created last month. The lowest unemployment rate since 1969. And robust economic growth the last two quarters – 4.2 percent and 3.4 percent respectively. Not surprisingly, the American people are earning more, as wages grew 3.1 percent in 2018. That’s the good news.
"On the flip side, we’re coming off the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history, and we haven’t yet made the progress necessary to prevent another shutdown ten days from now. And so I applaud President Trump for calling on both parties to work together. We need to put aside our differences and fix the problems that the American people want us to address. That means we need to reinvest in America, securing our southern border and revamping our nation’s infrastructure. We obviously have critical needs in Greater Cincinnati, starting with the Brent Spence Bridge and the Western Hills Viaduct, and we can’t allow partisan bickering in Washington to stall the progress of such important projects."