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Bill Johnson Reacts to President Trump’s Address to Congress

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Washington, February 28, 2017 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951) | comments
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after President Donald Trump’s address to a Joint Session of Congress:
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Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after President Donald Trump’s address to a Joint Session of Congress:

The most unconventional President in modern times gave the most uplifting and uniting speech that's been heard in the House Chamber in at least a decade.  Importantly, he didn’t divide us by group…the President spoke to us as one people - as Americans.

It was refreshing to hear the President speak so passionately, and so gratefully, in praise of those who risk their lives each day to protect us…America’s heroes – our law enforcement, our military, and our veterans. 

I was particularly interested – and pleased – to hear about his infrastructure plans. There is no question that our roads and bridges – as well as our energy infrastructure and broadband infrastructure - need improvement. Nowhere is this clearer than in parts of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, where so many infrastructure needs exist, and some residents don’t even have access to broadband service.

The President is right – ObamaCare is imploding; sitting by and doing nothing is not an option. Congress must repeal ObamaCare and replace it with a system that expands choices, increases access, and brings down costs – things the existing Affordable Care Act  law doesn’t do. At the same time, we must enable a smooth transition for those Americans currently on Medicaid and the exchanges, while keeping such popular provisions as protecting coverage for those for pre-existing conditions.

I was encouraged to hear the President’s ongoing commitment to reigning in the Washington unelected regulators – a commitment that I’ve seen firsthand at the White House, where just two weeks ago he signed my resolution into law that gives coal miners and coal families a fighting chance.

I look forward to continuing to work with President Trump and his team, and anyone from either party, willing to put forward solutions that move America forward.  President Trump concluded his historic address by declaring, “The time for small thinking is over. The time for trivial fights is behind us.” Along with the majority of the American people, I agree. 

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