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The Trump Speech: Why Some Indiana Republicans Liked What They Heard

Education, keeping you safe and burdensome regulations turned some ears up and others down.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Pres. Donald Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night focused on building the economy, repealing ObamaCare, American security and rebuilding the American spirit. For Indiana's newest Congressman, the speech was a reason to look to the future under the Trump administration.

“It was a great honor to be in the House chamber tonight as President Trump addressed the nation. The President made it clear that he wants to shake up the status quo in Washington, and his actions since taking office demonstrate that he is determined to keep this promise," said Rep. Jim Banks (R-3rd Dist.), after Trump's speech.

“I am encouraged by President Trump’s commitment to growing our economy by reforming our tax code and rolling back burdensome regulations. I strongly support his call to rebuild our military and improve the care our veterans receive," said Banks.

Rep. Luke Messer, also a Republican, representing the 6th District, said he believes the speech covered what got Americans to the polls in November.

“Tonight, President Trump laid out a bold agenda focused on getting our economy moving again, repealing Obamacare and strengthening our national security. These are the issues that drove voters to the polls in November, and these are the issues that matter to Hoosiers. The American people demand action, and Congress is ready to deliver."

“I was particularly excited tonight by President Trump’s focus on improving education for our children. Empowering parents and students and teachers will help ensure every child gets a great opportunity."

“But, most importantly, I appreciated President Trump’s call to action and sense of urgency. It is great to see our nation dreaming big dreams again. These are exciting times, and we’re ready to get to work for the American people," said Messer.

Rep. Todd Rokita (R) said he appreciated Trump's emphasis on education.

“President Trump was sent to Washington to change business-as-usual, and tonight’s address laid out just how he is going to do that.  His plans for education, tax reform, and healthcare show once again that he is focused on empowering the hardworking taxpayers of this country, not federal bureaucrats," said Rokita. 

“As the Chairman of the K-12 Education subcommittee, I was especially encouraged to hear the President reiterate his support for increasing access to school choice across our nation.  I have been a longtime advocate for school choice, introducing legislation like the CHOICE Act and the Educational Opportunities Act that would provide tax credits for organizations and individuals who contribute to scholarships for children in need.  With Donald Trump in the White House, I know that I now have a partner in the effort to ensure that no child's future is determined by their zip code.”

Former Indiana governor and Vice-Pres. Mike Pence tweeted his support for Trump, saying the president showed "true leadership".


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