Congressman Jeb Hensarling

Representing the 5th District of Texas

Hensarling Statement on President Trump’s Address to Joint Session of Congress

Feb 28, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after President Trump addressed a Joint Session of Congress:

“President Trump is taking bold action, and his presidency marks the beginning of a new era for our nation.  Tonight, during his first Joint Session address, he laid out a strong agenda to make America safer, more prosperous, and more free.

“For too long, we’ve seen the heavy hand of government grow evermore intrusive in our daily lives.  As a consequence, top-down Washington mandates have upended the health insurance market, slowed economic growth to a crawl, and trampled on our individual liberty.  Under eight years of Obama-led foreign policy, we have seen our enemies emboldened and our allies lose confidence in our partnerships. Illegal immigrants have skirted the relaxed rule of law and flooded through our porous borders.

“Undoing the damage of the past eight years won’t happen overnight, but the president is off to a running start.  As someone who has been listening to working people across the country, this president knows the best path to economic growth is to fix the needless government regulations that are choking innovation and job creation.  He knows individuals want the freedom to choose their doctor and their health insurance plan—not have it dictated for them by Washington bureaucrats.  His plan to reform our tax code would allow hardworking Americans to keep more of their paychecks and determine their own financial future.  His plan to cut Washington red tape will give American job creators the ability to make their hard work and dreams a reality. The president also made clear that he will do everything he can to keep Americans and their families safe both at home and abroad.

“President Trump is a doer, and I am heartened by his remarks tonight because they represent a new direction for our nation.  With our new leadership, I am confident in our future and know great opportunities lie ahead for ‘We the People.’”