Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address as president of the United States Tuesday night.
The tone underscored an appeal for bipartisanship on the two issues that could define Trump's second year: Immigration and infrastructure.
"There has never been a better time to start living the American dream," Trump said in his first official State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Here are how Georgia lawmakers are reacting to the speech. (story continues below)
Rep. Tom Graves
Tonight, we heard President Trump’s vision for a strong, secure and prosperous America. But this is the part of the night where TV pundits offer reviews and stir up Washington drama. So - I just want to highlight some clear results from the president’s first year in office: The economy is booming. We have the lowest unemployment rate in 17-years. Businesses and consumers are more optimistic than ever. Tons of government regulations are being rolled back, and – at last – American businesses have room to breathe. Tax reform is a major success. Companies are announcing new jobs, bonuses, benefits and investments in America almost every day. Millions of American workers have new opportunities to achieve their dreams. And that’s after just one year. Great things are happening in our country. I’m excited to see what we can do in 2018.
Rep. Jody Hice
“The State of the Union is always a very special occasion, presenting an opportunity for the three branches of government to come together and reflect on the well-being of our Nation,” said Congressman Hice. “During tonight’s speech, President Trump demonstrated that he is listening to the American people, and he set an important tone in which he emphasized national security, economic opportunity, and rebuilding America.”
“I share President Trump’s optimism and vision for our country and believe that we will continue to excel,” Hice continued. “America is strong, and Americans will continue to demonstrate the courage and boldness that defines our Nation. By harnessing the powerful impact of tax reform, empowering American families, and ensuring the safety and security of our Nation by restoring our military strength, we are working to build a better America.”
Sen. Johnny Isakson
“In his first year in office, President Trump has delivered on many promises he made during his campaign, not least of which has been the overhaul of our nation’s tax code. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December is already benefiting Georgians and families.
“The administration’s work to cut red tape and reduce burdensome regulations is also helping small businesses, as evidenced by the continued low unemployment rate over the last year and improved financial markets.
“Georgians heard from the president again tonight on matters of social, economic and national security, and they want to see him continue to deliver on these promises into his second year in office. To that end, I hope the president will look out for the thousands of Georgians whose farming, manufacturing and transportation jobs benefit from international trade as he negotiates changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other trade agreements.
“Tonight the president shared his plans for greater investment in our nation’s infrastructure. I have repeatedly emphasized to the administration that the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is the most important infrastructure project for the state of Georgia. I hope the president will prioritize this top economic development project and the long-term investments it will bring to our state and the entire country.
“As the chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I’m thankful that President Trump has made delivering on his promises to our nation’s veterans a priority, too. We had a positive first year with President Trump and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin at the helm. Now it’s time to pass a long-term solution to permanently enhance veterans’ access to care in their communities. I’ve offered bipartisan legislation called the Caring for Our Veterans Act that I hope we can pass this year to ensure veterans continue to have access to efficient, timely and quality health care.
“I am optimistic about the year ahead, and I look forward to working with the administration and my Senate colleagues to continue delivering on our promises.”
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Sen. David Perdue
“Tonight, President Trump delivered a message of optimism that all Americans need to hear. Overall, the president’s first year in office has been nothing short of a huge success. The results speak for themselves. The economy is on the cusp of a turnaround, we’ve had two quarters of 3% growth, Americans are seeing the benefits of the tax cuts, 2.4 million new jobs have been created, and 860 rules and regulations have been reversed.
“Americans now have an outsider, business guy in the White House for a change. He is moving at a business-pace, not a bureaucratic-pace. His focus continues to be delivering on his promises and getting results for the American people.
“As he laid out tonight, rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, strengthening our military, negotiating fair trade deals, and fixing our broken immigration system are all big ticket items we need to tackle. While Americans have witnessed great success, there is still much to do. I believe in the President’s agenda and I am committed to helping him continue delivering results for Georgians and the American people.”
Sec. of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue
“President Trump’s unifying address to the nation recounted this administration’s impressive achievements in its first year, which have strengthened the economy for all Americans, including those who do the important work in the agriculture sector. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is already helping workers and will allow agricultural producers to invest more in their operations and their own families. President Trump’s optimistic vision for the nation includes massive investment in infrastructure, which will be a boon to a rural America that sorely needs such improvements. The president's emphasis on fair trade gives me confidence that he will strike deals that benefit all parts of the American economy. Additionally, his focus on eliminating burdensome regulations is freeing up agricultural producers and removing obstacles to productivity. This is a president who has rural America and agriculture close to his heart, as his words and deeds clearly demonstrate.”