The State of the Union is Strong

February 7, 2020
Weekly Columns

The U.S. Constitution requires that the president give a State of the Union address “from time to time,” in order to inform the American people on national matters. This address has become an annual tradition, and it’s always a big night on Capitol Hill as we hear directly from the president on the year behind us and what’s to come.

If you watched President Trump’s speech this year, you’ll have heard his update on the economy, jobs, trade and more. There’s no doubt the American economy is thriving – in fact, the January jobs report was just released and showed that private sector employment increased by 225,000 jobs from December to January. Regardless of what side of the aisle you fall on, this is fantastic news for our country.

Statistics show that Arkansas is also benefitting from the economic boost. Under this administration, our state’s unemployment rate fell to 3.4 percent, its lowest rate on record. Since January 2017, 50,000 new jobs have been created in Arkansas, and we’ve also established 85 new opportunity zones – including several in the Fourth District – revitalizing areas that were formally neglected or overlooked.

Yet even with all these economic successes, I know many of you have faced a difficult year. Plant closures in places like Crossett have a dramatic effect on local communities, and it can be difficult for small businesses to stay afloat in rural areas. That’s why I’m continuing to advocate for policies in D.C. that benefit all Americans, including every Arkansan. We have a bright future ahead, and I look forward to all that 2020 has in store.