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Trump Gives First State of the Union

President Trump gave his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 30, celebrating his one year in office and successful passage of a key campaign promise, comprehensive tax reform.

The State of the Union continues to serve as a platform for the President to celebrate legislative wins and propose his vision for what key initiatives the congress and country should turn its attention to in the coming months. For President Trump, this State of theUnion allowed for him to take a self-proclaimed victory lap following the passage of the biggest change to the US tax code in decades.

The President also emphasized other key domestic and international policy positions, including: infrastructure, national security, immigration, trade, and his hopes to tackle these issues in a bipartisan effort.

Statistically, the Union is strong and continues to benefit from strong reports of low unemployment, historic stock market performance, and continued employment growth, however, there continue to be significant policy hurdles that the government needs to overcome, including long term funding of the government and addressing the long-term issue of the DACA population.

While the past year has been bumpy, President Trump was able to coast on the strength of the economy and marginalize some of his more divisive policy actions. We will see if another 365 days nets the same results.

Meet The Author:

Katie Vlietstra

Katie Vlietstra

As Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs, I work to explain how actions on Capitol Hill can impact the self-employed. I love D.C. and have made my home in Capitol Hill, where I live with my husband and black Labrador, Coltrane. We love playing volleyball and softball on the National Mall.

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