State of the Union Preview

Congress

THEME

Building a Safe, Strong and Proud America

  • The President will be talking about his record-setting accomplishments from his first year.
  • How the policies of his administration are lifting all Americans.
  • How these policies are setting a foundation for building a safe, strong and proud America.

FIVE ISSUES

  • Jobs and the Economy

    • The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
    • The administration’s deregulation effort.
    • How these policies are creating millions of jobs, increasing workers’ wages, creating stock market records, increasing the value of college savings accounts, and retirement accounts.
    • How greatly expanded opportunities are lifting up all Americans.
  • Infrastructure

    • The President will talk about his $1 trillion plan for rebuilding our depleted infrastructure and how we’re going to do it right and fast.
  • Trade

TONE

  • The President will be speaking from the heart.
  • It will be a speech that resonates with our American values and unites us with patriotism and greater opportunities.
  • It will be bipartisan and forward-looking.
  • There will be specific call-outs to Congress for action.

GUESTS

  • Just like last year, President Trump has invited guests to watch his address from the gallery and you can expect the President to address some of them.
  • The opioid crisis will be addressed in the speech and one of the gallery guests will be reflective of the impact of the drug addiction and opioid crisis.
  • There will also be guests who have benefitted from the Tax Cuts and Job Act.
  •  President Trump’s guests include:
    • Elizabeth Alvarado, Robert Mickens, Evelyn Rodriguez, and Freddy Cuevas are the parents of Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas, who had been close friends since elementary school, but in September 2016, the two girls were chased down and brutally murdered by MS-13.
    • Cpl (Ret.) Matthew Bradford stepped on an IED in Iraq in 2007,  causing shrapnel to immediately enter both of his eyes and blind him. He also lost both of his legs. After multiple surgeries and therapy, Matthew reenlisted in the Marine Corps – the first blind double amputee to do so.
    • Jon Bridgers founded the Cajun Navy 2016, a non-profit rescue and recovery organization that responded to the 2016 flooding in south Louisiana and 2017’s Hurricane Harvey in Texas, helping thousands of people across the South.
    • David Dahlberg is a fire prevention technician in southern California. He saved 62 children and staff members in July 2017 from a raging wildfire that encircled their camp.
    • Police Officer Ryan Holets and his wife adopted a baby from parents who suffered from opioid addiction, breaking down walls between drug addicts and police officers to help save lives.
    • Ashlee Leppert rescued dozens of Americans during the devastating hurricane season as an aviation electronics technician in the United States Coast Guard, including lifting a woman and four children to safety in a basket.
    • Agent CJ Martinez has spent much of his 15-year tenure working with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations to dismantle criminal organizations, resulting in more than 100 arrests of MS-13 gang members who were prosecuted for crimes including homicide, assault, and narcotics and weapons trafficking.
    • Preston Sharp was visiting his veteran grandfather’s grave in 2015 when he noticed that other local veterans were not being honored with American flags or flowers. Today, Preston has organized the placement of more than 40,000 American flags and red carnations on soldiers’ graves.
    • Siblings Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger started Staub Manufacturing Solutions, and thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, they have grown their team from 23 to 37 employees over the last year, acquired a new building for expansion, and given all their employees larger Christmas bonuses.
    • Corey Adams, a skilled welder at Staub Manufacturing Solutions in Ohio, and his wife were able to become first-time homeowners in 2017, and they will invest their extra money from tax reform into their two daughters’ education savings.