On Wednesday morning President Trump and his wife Melania walked out of the White House and boarded Marine One on the south lawn, marking the end of the 45th Presidency of the United States. While …
On Wednesday morning President Trump and his wife Melania walked out of the White House and boarded Marine One on the south lawn, marking the end of the 45th Presidency of the United States. While much of the media attention surrounding the events focused on President Trump’s final speech, the impending inauguration happening just down Pennsylva- niaAvenue, or the cost of the First Lady’s outfit, I took that time to reflect on the past four years. Since 2017, our nation’s economy achieved historic success; unemployment reached the lowest level in 50 years; we strengthened our military; improved care of our veterans; increased border security; improved trade policies; achieved historic peace agreements in the Middle East; and Operation Warp Speed was able to roll out a vaccine in record time for a virus that has taken the world by storm. These are just some of the accomplishments of this presidency that will continue to benefit this nation and our state for years to come.
Particularly with today’s 15-minute news cycle, it can be difficult to remember what we did last month, let alone years ago. And with an incessant media focus on the negative, some people may forget just how impactful the last four years have been on our nation as a whole. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – the largest tax overhaul in three decades – was signed into law in 2017 allowing hardworking Americans to keep more of their paycheck rather than giving it to the government. The passage of the United States-Mexico-CanadaAgreement (USMCA) has improved trade relations and policies for Missouri farmers, manufacturers and small businesses by increasing U.S. agriculture and food exports by at least $2 billion each year. Landmark legislation to help battle the nation- wide opioid crisis was passed to help us stop the spread of fentanyl and fight the opioid abuse that continues to claim American lives. And when our country was hit by the COVID-19 crisis,theTrumpAdministrationandCongress worked together to pass the largest, most comprehensive relief package in American history to get help for the unemployed, relief for small businesses, and medical funding to our hospitals and medical workers who have so bravely led the fight against the invisible enemy. When it was clear that more relief was necessary, we passed another package to get more relief to Americans struggling to pay the bills, further assist hurting businesses, and increased funding to our medical community to finish and distribute the vaccine to everyone who wants to receive it. The pandemic put life on hold for many Americans, but thanks to the Trump Administration’s efforts we are coming back fast.
Not every Presidency or President is perfect; they are all human after all. From his first day in office, President Trump’s detractors threw everything they possibly could at him to delegit- imize his election or prevent him from success. And as we all do, the President made his own mistakes. But at the end of the day – the end of a Presidency, no matter party allegiances or personal views, Donald Trump should be commended for his service to our nation and appreciated for the many accomplishments he achieved for Missourians and the American People. I certainly appreciate his willingness to take on the most difficult and consequential job in the world and congratulate him on a job well done.
The end of Presidency marks the beginning of a new one. President Biden’s swearing in begins a new chapter in our history, and I truly hope in it we enjoy the many successes we did during the last.
Despite our hopes for the future, I am ad- mittedly skeptical of the new Administration’s priorities. After a year of campaign speeches about American workers, less than six hours after being sworn in President Biden killed thousands of jobs in the middle of the country with the stroke of a pen, ending construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. As he and his staff moved into the most secure building in the world, protected by multiple layers of fenc- ing and security, the security of the country’s southern border was immediately weakened by the stopping of construction of the border wall. And right after announcing a mask mandate on all federal lands, the new President stood at the Lincoln Memorial (on federal land) without a mask. The “do as I say, not as I do” mentality that has poorly governed states on either coast appeared to be on full display in the nation’s capital. And the pandering to the far left demands of their party’s most radical members doesn’t exactly align with the uni- fying message spoken on the inaugural stage.
Regardless of who occupies the White House, my job remains the same: representing the Third District of Missouri and fighting for our priorities. When our priorities and princi- ples align with the new Administration’s, I’ll be happy to work with them to deliver results to Missouri. When they do not, I’ll be happy to debate our differences and find compromises if possible. And when big government policies threaten our economic freedom and ability to provide for and protect our families, I will do everything in my power to stop them. That is my job, and I’m honored to do it .CONTACT US: As always, for those of you with Internet access, I encourage you to visit my official website. For those without access to the Internet, I encourage you to call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) Washington, Mo. (636-239-2276), or Wentzville (636-327- 7055) with your questions and concerns. If you want even greater access to what I am working on, please visit my YouTube site, Facebook page, and keep up-to-date with Twitter and Instagram.
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