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U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., released the following statement after President Trump delivered his State of the Union address.

“We can start with the goals.  All of us want a better America for our children.  If for some, personality is a problem, then focus on policy.  As lawmakers we all work for our constituents.  They chose us because they want results.  Our constituents may disagree with each other and send us conflicting messages, but I believe if we seek out areas of agreement we can deliver accomplishments the country will be proud of.  

“The president and I are in the same party and we share quite a few of the same priorities.  We believe in the sanctity of life.  I’m concerned about economic and security threats posed by China, Russia and others.  We need free trade, but it has to be fair trade. Given the right opportunities, American workers will help our country rise to new heights. We need a strong national defense and we need to protect our homeland from terrorist attacks.  I believe we need to secure our borders through the most effective and efficient means.  Our immigration system needs to be overhauled.  We must find ways to bring health care costs down.  The real difficulty is how we accomplish these and other shared goals.  Our country faces a threat that is entirely of our own making that perhaps is more dangerous than the others.  That is our national debt.  No elected leader likes to tell the electorate that they want to spend less money on the things the electorate wants, but decades of overpromising have weakened our country and, as a fiscal leader in the Senate, I will be looking at every proposal to see what it costs and whether we can get more for less. 

“Tonight’s State of the Union address was about choices.  People will have to choose on what they want to focus.  Some will focus on conflict.  It is not bad to point out disagreements, but for those of us in a good position to get something done I think we should focus on the parts of what he said where we can agree.  We should look for that and be creative if we have to.  That’s what I plan to do.  I will continue to use my 80 percent tool where I look for the 80 percent of what we can find agreement on instead of focusing on the 20 percent where we may never agree.”