Missouri Congressional delegation responds to Trump on business, economy

In his first address before a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump covered topics including job creation, tax reform, business regulations, entrepreneurship and infrastructure spending.

After Tuesday night’s speech, members of Missouri’s Congressional delegation hit the airwaves and social media with their responses.

In an interview with MSNBC, Sen. Claire McCaskill talked about family leave, infrastructure and pensions. McCaskill, a Democrat, expressed support for the Republican president’s plans for paid family leave.

“Paid family leave? Let’s go,” she said.

McCaskill was more hesitant about Trump’s infrastructure plans.

Sen. Roy Blunt’s office issued a statement offering the Republican’s praise of Trump’s “commitment to fulfilling promises” made to the American people.

“He has already taken steps to rein in excessive regulations, which pile billions of costs on our economy and make it harder for businesses to grow,” Blunt said in the statement. “I was encouraged to hear those efforts will continue, along with several other steps that will create a better environment for job creation.”

During an interview with MSNBC, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat from Missouri’s 5th District, voiced concerns over the infrastructure plan Trump discussed during the address. Cleaver said he wants an infrastructure plan that will not necessitate cuts to other programs, such as the National Institutes of Health.

Rep. Sam Graves, a Republican from Missouri’s 6th District, tweeted his support of Trump’s vision after the address.

Rep. Ann Wagner, a Republican from Missouri’s 2nd District, tweeted in support of reducing business regulations.

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