President Donald Trump delivered remarks to a joint session of Congress this evening. U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam attended the speech and released the following statement:
"I was extremely pleased to hear President Trump begin his remarks by forcefully condemning anti-Semitism and recent hate crimes around the country. Religious freedom is a cornerstone of our nation and the ability for all faiths to worship freely is sacred to our identity as Americans -- no hateful acts of vandalism or violent threats can change that. This week we re-launched the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism for the 115th Congress.
"On health care, the President reaffirmed his commitment not just to repealing Obamacare, but to responsibly replacing it with a better plan to provide access to affordable care for everyone. It is clear Obamacare has failed. Illinois families are paying more money for fewer and fewer benefits. Insurance premiums have increased by an average of over 21%. Last year, the Land of Lincoln co-op became the 16th in the country to collapse, leaving 49,000 Illinoisans without any healthcare coverage at all and taxpayers on for hook for over $160 million. I'm committed to developing a replacement plan that brings down costs and provides greater access to affordable care for Illinois families.
"President Trump talked about the perverse incentives currently built into our tax code. We literally reward companies for shipping jobs overseas and then bringing their products back to sell in the United States. That's why the Ways & Means Committee has put forward a plan to repeal the "made in America" tax. It will put American companies on a level playing field with the rest of the world: everyone will pay the same tax rate when they sell their products in the U.S. I'm honored to serve as Ways & Means Tax Policy Chairman in the 115th Congress and look forward to working with the administration to overhaul our tax code later this year.
"It was also encouraging to hear President Trump's renewed commitment to national defense. This needs to be matched with a redoubling of our diplomatic efforts to support democracy and human rights abroad. Adversarial regimes such as Iran and Russia continue to threaten our allies -- we must show them the true meaning of American resolve. I pressured the last administration to do more to support our friends resisting the rising tide of Russian and Iranian aggression. I intend to do the same with this one.
"Finally, I'm glad to see increased support for our men and women in uniform. I wholeheartedly support the President's renewed commitment to our veterans. Nobody is more deserving of our support and care than those who have fought and bled for our country on the battlefield."