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Texas politicians react to President Trump's third State of the Union

Posted at 10:36 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 23:36:19-05

Politicians from Central Texas and across Texas are reacting to President Donald Trump's third State of the Union.

Governor Greg Abbott called the president's vision for the country "clear and compelling."

“Tonight, President Trump laid out a clear and compelling vision for our nation—one where all Americans have access to even greater opportunity and shared prosperity. Through the first three years of his presidency, President Trump has kept his promises to protect America’s national security, make our communities safer, and build an economy that lifts up every American. From slashing taxes and regulations to securing trade deals like the USMCA, this administration continues to usher in incredible economic growth and opportunity for American workers. Nowhere is this success more apparent than in Texas where the President’s commonsense economic policies, combined with the Texas economic model, have elevated the Lone Star State to extraordinary new heights. I thank the President for his leadership and look forward to working with his administration to continue to grow the economy and ensure a brighter future for every Texan.”

President Trump highlighted Senator Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act, which works to "help workers and families access the education and skills they need to thrive in a 21st century economy."

“Every student, regardless of income or zip code, should have access to quality education. We know education is the gateway to the American dream and family-sustaining employment. That’s why I’m proud to have introduced the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act, which provides a federal tax credit to encourage individuals and businesses to donate to nonprofit scholarship funds, generating new opportunities for students of all ages. Specifically, my bill seeks to empower men and women with the technical training and apprenticeships needed to enter the skilled labor force. Across the country, we are seeing momentum build for tax credit scholarship programs – 18 states already have similar programs in place. This investment ensures our children and the next generation of skilled American workers are well-equipped to participate in our growing economy. I look forward to continuing to work with President Trump and Secretary DeVos to pass this measure at the federal level to ensure parents in all states have the same choice for their children.”

Representative John Carter (TX-31) said the president was right in his address and "the best is yet to come."

“President Trump is right, the state of our union is strong, and the best is yet to come. At this moment in time, there’s a lot to celebrate; wages are up, unemployment is down, and overall, families are doing better than they have in decades. Tonight should serve as a wake-up call to the Democratic Party. While they focus all of their efforts on obstructing, Republicans are focused on delivering real results on the issues the American people care about. On top of all the good news, the President laid out an optimistic vision for our future with the expansion of career and technical education programs, a focus on providing paid family leave and a commitment to bringing our troops home.

“The President is absolutely right when he says that the only victories that matter in Congress are the ones that benefit the American people. It’s time for Speaker Pelosi to remember this and quit the political theatre that has consumed the People’s House for far too long. I look forward to continuing to work with the Trump Administration to deliver real results for the American people.”

Full State of the Union plus Democratic response: