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This morning, President Donald J. Trump is welcoming about 40 of the Nation’s governors to the White House for a business session covering infrastructure, workforce development, opioids, school safety, and other important issues facing America in the year ahead.
The governors are in town for a winter meeting of the National Governors Association, a bipartisan organization founded in 1908. Thirty-three of the Nation’s governors are Republicans, 16 are Democrats, and one is an independent. Of the 16 Democrats, 11 are expected to join the President today.
The governors will attend 8 working sessions with senior Administration officials, with topics including:
Improving investment in American infrastructure
Addressing barriers to workforce development
Bringing down healthcare costs through better competition
Driving rural prosperity and growth
Combating America’s opioid crisis
Reforming U.S. prisons to reduce repeat offenses
Keeping our schools safe and protecting children from violent crime
Bonus read: Learn how President Trump’s infrastructure plan will boost the role of states.
‘We’ve got to change our way’
President Trump addressed the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Friday—one day after Vice President Mike Pence spoke before attendees.
The President and Vice President both covered a range of topics, but one in particular stuck out given its urgency: immigration reform. President Trump has set an early March deadline for Congress to resolve the status of the DACA program as part of a broader package to fix America’s broken immigration system.
“We’ve got to change our way,” the President told CPAC. “I don’t want people coming into this country with a lottery. I want people coming into this country based on merit.”
Watch President Trump’s full speech at CPAC.
Why Americans like tax reform
Despite a sustained campaign from the Democratic Party’s liberal wing, a majority of Americans have a positive view of the tax reform law President Trump signed before Christmas, a New York Times poll reports.
The Democratic effort is failing for one simple reason: Results speak louder than words. And the results have been overwhelming. Within 2 months of the law’s signing, more than 400 companies have announced worker bonuses, raises, or 401(k) boosts as a result of tax cuts.
None of this happened because of mandates from Washington. The real power of tax reform is that it lets Americans choose what is most important for their businesses—or their families—to get ahead. The net result could be more than $4,000 annually for the average American family, according to the Council of Economic Advisers.
See why more Democrats are starting to break from their party line on tax cuts.
Photo of the Day
First Lady Melania Trump and Mrs. Turnbull of Australia | February 23, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
This morning, President Trump and Vice President Pence will host the 2018 White House Business Session with our Nation’s governors. The President will then have lunch with the Vice President, the Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt.
In the afternoon, the President will meet with credit union representatives and later with the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady.
This evening, the Vice President and Second Lady will participate in the Indiana Society of Washington, DC’s Tribute to a Hoosier Vice President and Second Lady.