This week, President Trump delivered his second State of the Union address to a historically diverse Congress.
President Trump rightly underscored the significance of our tax reform and deregulation over the past two years. Because of these efforts, the economy is the best it's been in my adult life. Economic growth has accelerated, unemployment has dropped to record lows, middle-class wages are rising, and for the first time on record there are more job openings than there are people looking for a job.
The president also made a reasonable case for enhancing security at our southern border. The obvious, necessary solution to our budget impasse is a compromise that improves border security - including physical barriers where requested by Customs and Border Protection - and delivers on some Democrat priorities, too. I hope Speaker Pelosi will come to the table and finally negotiate in good faith.
On trade, I continue to believe that the administration is taking us down the wrong path. Tariffs on products imported into the United States are taxes, paid by American consumers, that harm American families and workers. Congress must reassert its constitutional responsibility on trade, not cede even more to the executive branch. China does engage in the egregious theft of intellectual property. The administration's negotiations with China should focus on ending this practice.
I commend the president for his focus on health care. He is right to urge Congress to adopt reforms that will make health care more affordable and available to more Americans. And he is right to set the ambitious goals of ending HIV/AIDS and childhood cancer. I look forward to working with the president and my colleagues to achieve these goals.