By Tim Kowols
Rep. Mike Gallagher praised President Donald Trump for the positive tone of his first State of the Union address Tuesday evening, but still wishes it contained much of the “drain the swamp” rhetoric from the campaign trail. In his over 75-minute address, President Trump highlighted his accomplishments during his first year while highlighting goals such as $1.5 trillion in spending for infrastructure. Rep. Gallagher appreciated President Trump calling for drug prices to be lowered, something he has been advocating through his transparency act.
With immigration reform and debate over “DREAMers” possibly forcing a government shutdown next week, Rep. Gallagher called for both sides to find common ground on the issue.
As for the ongoing budget talks, Rep. Gallagher believes they should lock all the legislators in a room until they finish the job despite the scenes partisanship shown during Tuesday’s State of the Union.