Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Isakson Statement on Trump’s Address to Joint Session of Congress


Senator Johnny Isakson (above) is the Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.  His office issued the following last night:

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Isakson Statement on Trump’s Address to Joint Session of Congress
MARIETTA, Ga. – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today released a statement following President Donald Trump’s first address before a joint session of Congress:
“I commend the president for his quick work to fulfill many of his campaign promises, and I’m looking forward to working with him and his administration on behalf of hardworking Americans and Georgians.
“Already during his first few weeks in office, President Trump has taken steps to remove burdensome government regulations to unleash the power of the private sector and stimulate economic growth. Tonight, he shared additional plans to continue these efforts to tear down barriers to economic growth, reform the nation’s tax code and help level the playing field so that hardworking Americans and job creators can reach their full potential.
“The president also highlighted the critical need for increased investment in our nation’s infrastructure, and I couldn’t agree more. Projects like the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project in Georgia should be a top priority for this administration because they will create both immediate and long-term jobs, while increasing economic development and critical safety and environmental improvements.
“President Trump also spoke about how he plans to help reduce the cost of health care for hardworking families. Together, and led by our new secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price of Georgia, we are working to replace the failed Obamacare law with one based on free-market principles that will bring costs down and increase choice and access for families and businesses.
“At every opportunity, President Trump has put our national security at the forefront of his agenda. He is working to ensure that our military is prepared, with an end goal of peace through strength. This is good for Georgia’s military installations, which provide critical support for our military.
“As the chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I’m especially grateful for President Trump’s continued commitment to fixing the Department of Veterans Affairs and making sure our veterans get the care and benefits they have earned. I hope the president will join the Senate and House committees in our efforts to enhance veterans’ choice, expand access to health care, increase accountability at the department and improve the appeals process so that veterans get timely responses. The president’s personal interest and leadership in this area will be a vital asset as we work with the new Veterans Affairs secretary, Dr. David Shulkin, to bring about the change our veterans need.
“I pledge to work alongside this administration and with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get the best results for Georgia and America.”
Per his doctor’s orders following his Feb. 20 back surgery, Isakson is recovering at his home in Marietta, Ga., and watched the speech on television.

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