Washington, D.C.— House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following response to President Trump’s State of the Union address:

“The word that best captures the spirit of the President’s speech is ‘optimism.’ Over the past year, we have witnessed a booming economy, tax cuts that work for all Americans, concrete progress in the fight against ISIS, and real policy changes to undo the ill-fated regulations of the Obama era. These successes come from a unified Republican government and a commitment to create an America that is safe, strong, and proud.

“The President also outlined his priorities for the future. Last year, we passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to decrease the tax burden on American families. We’re already seeing the benefits in increased wages, bonuses, and new jobs created. But there is more work to be done to create greater opportunity for families in Virginia’s Sixth District and across the country. The President also reiterated his stance on immigration, and the need to keep our borders secure. I have worked hard with my colleagues in the House to craft legislation built on the priorities outlined in the President’s agenda that will increase border security and interior enforcement, crack down on sanctuary cities, curb gang activity and violence, end failed programs, like the visa lottery, that have brought dangerous individuals into the United States, and provide DACA recipients a reasonable, long-term legislative solution.  I look forward to working with the White House to ensure we have an immigration system that works for America.  Finally, the President mentioned the importance of reforming our prison system. I remained committed to working in a bipartisan fashion to reforming our nation’s criminal justice system.

“The State of the Union tonight is bright, full of hope for bipartisan cooperation and policy changes that will uplift all Americans.”