Lawmakers react to Trump's joint address to Congress
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 01, 2017,
Mar 01, 2017, 11:38
Both Issa and Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Beach, emphasized the need for Congress to rally behind Trump.
"My administration wants to work with members in both parties to make childcare accessible and affordable, to help ensure new parents have paid family leave, to invest in women's health, and to promote clean air and clean water, and to rebuild our military and our infrastructure". "Action is not a choice - it is a necessity", Trump says. "I doubt it", Pascrell told Bill Hemmer on "America's News HQ".
On taxes, Trump spoke about a "historic tax reform" that his cabinet was working on, "so they can compete and thrive anywhere and with anyone".
Trump mentioned the tariffs and taxes that other nations impose on their exports. He pledged to vigorously target people living in the USA illegally who "threaten our communities and prey on our citizens". "We want all Americans to succeed - but that can't happen in an environment of lawless chaos".
Newspapers in Mexico - which has been at the receiving end of numerous new president's threats and promised policy changes - highlighted Trump's statements on migration.
"Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed", Trump said.
To support law enforcement efforts, Trump said he ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve those who are victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants, called the office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE).
He was met with nearly unanimous applause during his speech and received a number of standing ovations.
He pledged to "repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better Healthcare", without any detail on how this will be achieved.
"You're talking about 11 million undocumented people who live among us who are a critical part of our society and he wants to identify three or four awful instances as if that's the picture", Sherman said.
Trump will ask the U.S. Congress to boost Pentagon spending in the next fiscal year by $54 billion in his first budget proposal, a White House budget official said on Monday.
He suggested he would get rid of the current law's requirement that all Americans carry insurance coverage, saying that "mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for America". Lastly, he called for medical plans that can be purchased across state lines.
Senator Kamala Harris of California said she was "concerned and a bit disturbed" by Trump's commentary on immigrants.
"That's why I've decided not to stand on the aisle of the House chamber to shake the president's hand during this joint session of Congress, as I have done in the past through Democratic and Republican administrations alike".
"The time for small thinking is over. He has put the needs of Americans first and the results he's already achieved have brought forward a renewed spirit of optimism in our country".