Stauber Responds to State of the Union Address

February 4, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s third State of the Union Address.

“Tonight, we heard an optimistic speech from President Trump and his message to the nation was clear: we are in the midst of a great American comeback.

“We are currently experiencing a blue-collar boom with a historically low unemployment rate and the creation of millions of jobs. This strong economy is lifting up Americans everywhere, including Minnesota, where unemployment is at 3.3 percent and 58,000 jobs have been created since 2017. With the President’s recent signing of the USMCA trade agreement and phase one of the China trade agreement, I have no doubt that this economic prosperity will last for generations to come.

“I especially appreciate the President’s quest to secure American energy independence. In Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District, we have an exciting opportunity to contribute to America’s energy revolution with the responsible development of resources like copper nickel and construction of projects like the replacement of the Line 3 pipeline. I am glad that local union member and my guest at tonight’s State of the Union, Mahaila Houle, could help shine a light on the urgent need for this replacement pipeline.

“I am also thankful that the President highlighted his mission to protect quality healthcare for Americans and believe he is correct in calling on Congress to help lower the rising cost of prescription drugs. This is an issue that impacts every single American and will continue to be my top priority in 2020.

“As President Trump continues to steer this nation forward, I am hopeful that certain colleagues of mine can set aside partisan politics and join the rest of us in finding workable solutions to the most pressing issues facing the nation. Bipartisanship is vital, so I will proudly continue to work with this Administration and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to enact reforms that lower the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, secure fairer trade deals, strengthen our military and national security, fix our crumbling infrastructure, and expand rural broadband.”