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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois

LaHood Statement on the President’s State of the Union Address

February 5, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congressman Darin LaHood released the following statement after President Trump’s State of the Union address:

“President Trump laid out a bold, unifying message tonight focused on advancing priorities that constituents of the 18th District care deeply about. Whether it’s promoting a pro-growth agenda that has spurred record economic growth, repairing our nation’s infrastructure system, passing the USMCA through Congress, protecting the lives of the unborn, or rebuilding our military, I applaud the President for putting forth a message of a stronger America.

“However, as we have seen the effect a trade war has had on farmers and manufacturers throughout central and west-central Illinois, I would encourage the President to place more emphasis on a speedy solution to the negotiations with China, rather than legislation encouraging additional tariffs.

“Furthermore, he made it clear, we must secure our border. Border security is critical to the well-being of our nation and has been widely supported by both parties but has become highly politicized of late. As the President highlighted in his address, there are plenty of areas where Congress can work across the aisle to provide for a more prosperous union. Now more than ever, I hope my colleagues on both sides heed this call to action, so we can continue to forge ahead towards a better America today and for future generations.”