Infrastructure and Immigration Step Into State of the Union Spotlight

Feb 2, 2018  | 3 min  | Ep4324

President Trump rode the wave of positive economic sentiment all the way to Capitol Hill and used the data to ask for a strengthening of the bridge between urban and rural constituents.

President Donald J. Trump’s first State of the Union lasted 80 minutes, the longest in 18 years while using roughly 5,200 words.

The 45th president laid out a vision in broad strokes.

He left out lines about agriculture by name, but did reference deals aimed at boosting existing market for farmers.

President Donald Trump: “The era of economic surrender is over. From now on, we expect trading relationships to be fair and to be reciprocal.”

Round six of NAFTA Negotiations ended just hours before his remarks in the House chamber.

Presidential advisors have hinted 2018 will be the year of infrastructure, an attempt to repair aging roads, rails and bridges.

President Donald Trump: “Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to produce a bill that generates at least $1.5 trillion for the new infrastructure investment we need. Every Federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with State and local governments and, where appropriate, tapping into private sector investment — to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit.”

The president called for a streamlined approach to cut red tape.  

A study from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association reveals nearly 21 percent of Iowa bridges are structurally deficient, second highest in the country on percentage. The Hawkeye State ranks seventh in number of structures, but has the most troubled crossings with 5,067 bridges in need of repair.

President Donald Trump: “We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways across our land.  And we will do it with American heart, American hands, and American grit.”

The president also laid out a four pillared plan on immigration allowing a path to citizenship, securing the border, ending both chain migration and the visa lottery.  

President Donald Trump: “It is time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system — one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country.”

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