AL & GA lawmakers react to State of the Union Address

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It was a full house on Capitol Hill as President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address before both chambers of Congress.

Since delivering the speech, many state-level lawmakers have released statements reacting to the president's talking points.

As expected, politicians' reactions fell along party lines.

GA Sen. David Perdue (R) released a statement commending the president's address, and said in part, "President Trump delivered a message of optimism that all Americans need to hear."

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R) shared his colleague's sentiment, writing in a statement, "President Trump has delivered on many promises he made during his campaign, not least of which has been the overhaul of our nation's tax code."

Some of the topics the president touched on included the economy, immigration, infrastructure and national security.

On the other end of the political spectrum,  Rep. Sanford Bishop (D- 2nd) issued his own response after attending the State of the Union. "The President talks of bipartisanship," Bishop wrote, "and I am truly hopeful that this talk is genuine." In the same statement, however, Bishop said, "Actions speak louder than words, and the President's actions thus far have been hurtful and divisive."

In Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey (R) offered her take on the State of the Union. Ivey wrote, in part, "President Trump made clear his commitment to the American people and to improving the quality of life for everyone."

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) also offered his own reaction to the president's speech, writing, "The President has had a successful first year in office," and adding he's encouraged by Trump's plans to work with Congress.

As of early Wednesday morning, Jan. 31, recently-elected Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) has not released an official statement reacting to the President's address, but one of his latest posts on his official Facebook page suggests Jones hoped to hear "a presidential speech, not a campaign address."

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