Rep. Tom Reed said he was "disappointed" that President Donald Trump refrained from mentioning the national debt crisis during Tuesday's State of the Union address.
The congressman, speaking during his weekly media call on Wednesday, said he believes he considers the national debt to be a "higher priority" than the Trump Administration does.
Reed also disdained the "partisanship" displayed during the address, adding, "Enough is enough."
Soon afterward, Reed added, "I took the speech in a positive way."
And he talked about the positivity he perceives regarding the Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement; healthcare changes; economic growth, and Rush Limbaugh, radio commentator and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.
He also predicted the Senate would acquit the president who had been impeached by the House of Representatives.
The Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, the Trump administration's replacement of the North American Free Trade Agreement with, was officially signed Jan. 29. Reed said he takes this as a victory. However, Canada has yet to ratify the deal.
Reed noted that during the State of the Union, the president urged a paid leave proposal, the Advancing Support for Working Families Act, that had been introduced in December by Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Republican of Louisiana, in partnership with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, Democrat of Arizona, and Reps. Colin Allred, Democrat of Texas, and Elise Stefanik, Republican of New York.
In his address, the president also called for “bipartisan legislation that achieves the goal of dramatically lowering prescription drug prices. Get a bill to my desk, and I will sign it into law.”
Reed said he supports the paid leave proposal and the lowering of prescription drug prices, which he views as actions meant to help the common people.
Additionally, Reed predicted Cassidy's proposal and lowered drug prices may become law by November.
In response to criticism about Trump's exaggeration of the nation's economic growth, Reed said he wants to focus on the improvements he has seen during the president's three years as a whole, instead of only this last year. The overall numbers, he added, are ones to "celebrate."
Reed spoke about the guest he chose to invite to the State of the Union, 14-year-old Ben Cornell, who has Type 1 diabetes. Cornell had invited Reed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Western New York's 20th anniversary gala in the fall, so Reed opted to "return the favor." Reed is a member of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus and has a son with Type 1 diabetes.
Reed voiced his support for the president's awarding the Medal of Freedom to Limbaugh. "I saw the humanity in him that night," Reed said.
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