Feb 02 2020
This past week, back in Washington the Ways and Means Committee held two hearings, one debating our future infrastructure plans and another discussing paid family leave. We also finally had the signing of the USMCA trade deal by President Trump.
State of the Union Guest
This week, Congress will welcome President Trump for his annual State of the Union address. Each Member of Congress is given the opportunity to invite one guest. This year, it is my honor to accompany a true hero from our district, Investigator Sarah Miller of the Florence County Sheriff’s Department. As many may remember, Investigator Miller was shot in an ambush on October 3, 2018. After enduring multiple surgeries since suffering the life-threatening gunshot wounds, she persevered and is back serving the Florence community. Investigator Miller’s courage, sacrifice, and determination to return to service is the definition of a hero. Sarah is an inspiration to us all and I am proud to share her story with the nation.
Investing in Infrastructure
On Wednesday, the Ways and Means Committee held a hearing focused on infrastructure. I emphasized my support in investing to improve and expand infrastructure throughout our nation. Since coming to Washington, I have fought for the creation of I-73 and improving current infrastructure in the Seventh District. This investment is necessary to maintain the competitiveness of the United States that was gained through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. However, it is important that we invest in infrastructure in a responsible way that does not continue expanding the astronomical debt. Watch Hearing
President Trump signed the historic United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA). USMCA enjoyed unprecedented bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. It will create more balanced, reciprocal trade that supports high-paying jobs for Americans and grows the economy. In signing USMCA, President Trump fulfilled his promise to renegotiate broken trade deals for the American people.
On Friday, the Senate voted against hearing further witness testimonies beyond what has been given in the House and presented to Senators. The Senate will begin hearing final arguments this coming Monday before a possible final vote on both Articles midweek. This entire impeachment process has been emotionally charged and has intensified the partisan divide following the 2016 election. I hope that following the Senate’s decision on this trial we can begin to come together again to work toward solutions to the problems many Americans face daily.
Good luck to your favorite team tonight! I hope you enjoy the rest of Super Bowl Sunday and have a great week.