Telegraph Herald: Blum: Welcome, Mr. President

“On behalf of the good people of Iowa’s 1st District, welcome to President Trump.

When I campaigned with President Trump in 2016, we promised to drain the swamp in Washington, reignite the then-stagnant economy and fight to improve the lives of hard-working, law-abiding citizens throughout our country.

Working with this administration has delivered reduced taxes, brought about record-low unemployment and reignited the U.S. economy.

President Trump signed into law the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will save the average family in my district $2,564 a year. And when it came to protecting tax provisions important to Iowa, like historic tax-credits, wind-energy and others, President Trump considered my input and worked to keep these in the final law.

Whether it’s the historic lows in unemployment (lowest ever among minorities), rising wages for the first time in a decade or families keeping more of their money, we are delivering on our promises.

On behalf of my constituents, I want to raise two looming challenges on many people’s minds: trade and workforce.

Iowa is a net exporter. One in five jobs in Iowa relies on exports, so we are a prime target for trade retaliation by foreign governments. Few presidents have had the political courage to tackle the trade deficit; I am thankful President Trump looks beyond politics for the long-term prosperity of our country. Iowans know that the U.S. is currently losing on trade, and we know winning negotiations are part of a longer-term strategy.

That being said, Iowa farmers and manufacturers need a “win” soon on trade, and I am eager to be a part of that solution.

Secondly, President Trump’s visit today is focused on workforce. That’s good news. I hear it at every stop from every employer: “We need more workers.” With 6.6 million U.S. jobs currently unfilled, and for our country to operate at its highest capacity, we need skilled traditional and non-traditional labor.

I am grateful that President Trump is conducting a workforce roundtable at Northeast Iowa Community College. This is part of his nationwide campaign to address the growing vocational crisis and promote careers in the skilled-trades, technology and manufacturing.

It is expected the president’s new executive order, the “Pledge to America’s Workers,” will result in 500,000 new career opportunities for students and workers.

Iowans welcome these efforts as we welcome President Trump to Dubuque.”

Author: Rep. Rod Blum

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