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A Time to Unite

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin

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Washington, March 2, 2017 | comments
 In a time of division in our country, President Trump delivered optimism and hope at his first Joint Address to Congress on February 28.  The president has proven to the American people that he has already delivered on many of his campaign promises. He promised to shake up Washington, but told us that moving forward he would need Congress to work together to make a difference for our constituents back home.  His speech aimed to remind us all that what unites us together is far more powerful than what divides us.

His message about rebuilding our stagnant economy was clear.  We have to invest here at home if we want to continue to be a successful nation with a wealth of job opportunities and thriving businesses.  By making plans to minimize the tax burden on families and decrease burdensome regulations on businesses, President Trump is keeping Americans’ hard earned dollars in their own pockets and encouraging several major American companies to build factories at home. 

We all want our kids to live in a country with limitless job opportunities, a stable economy, and an environment where small businesses thrive.  We have been given the opportunity to fix the broken tax code, get people back into the work force, and keep our American businesses investing here at home.  The president’s blueprint paves the way for the kind of economic growth and workforce stability that we should all rally around for the sake of our kids and our grandkids.

Without a doubt, the most moving part of the president’s speech was when he recognized Carryn Owens, the widow of U.S. Navy SEAL Ryan Owens, who was killed in action earlier this year defending our nation overseas.  Every person in attendance applauded his widow for over two minutes as President Trump thanked her for his sacrifice and remembered her late husband.

At that moment, the president reminded everyone in the House Chamber and watching at home that while our country may have our differences from time to time, there will always be things that bring us together.  Paying tribute to our men and women in uniform and delivering for our veterans after they have served is not negotiable, but rather it is our duty as an American people.

I believe that, as a nation, we have an uphill battle ahead of us.  Between health care reform, tax reform, regulatory reform, infrastructure improvements, lowering the national deficit, and many other areas that need improvement, we have our work cut out for us.  But the president’s speech served as a beacon of hope to remind us all that as Americans, “We are one people, with one destiny.  We all bleed the same blood.  We all salute the same flag.  And we are all made by the same God.”  I’m excited to work with President Trump on our legislative agenda to pass reforms that make Oklahoma and the nation great again.   

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