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Montana's Congressional delegation preparing for State of the Union speech

Posted: Jan 27, 2018 8:14 PM Updated:
Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines (MTN News photos) Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines (MTN News photos)
US Rep. Greg Gianforte (MTN News file photo) US Rep. Greg Gianforte (MTN News file photo)

Montana's Congressional delegates announced Friday their special guests for President Trump's State of the Union speech on Tuesday, January 30th.. 

The State of the Union address starts at 7 p.m. (Montana time).

Sen. Steve Daines will host 9-year-old Danielle (Dani) Highley from Deer Lodge. Daines selected her because she will benefit from the recently renewed Children’s Health Insurance Program(CHIP).

“Dani is very happy and very excited. I think this is a fantastic opportunity for her and we feel very blessed that Senator Daines asked to take her to this event,"  her mother, Glory Highley said, in a statement from Daines' office.

Sen. Jon Tester today announced that he will bring National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd, of Malta, as his guest. Judd is a 20-year veteran of the Border Patrol.

“Brandon Judd has been on the front line securing our border and keeping Montanans safe,” Tester said. “He is a Montana boy who climbed the ranks from an agent on our northern border to the very top of the National Border Patrol Council.  Brandon’s input will play a critical role as we work towards a tough, bipartisan solution to a stronger border.”

Rep. Greg Gianforte will keep his invite in the family, inviting his wife, Susan, to join him. 

All 535 members of Congress can invite at least one guest. Seating in the House chambers is on a first-in, first-served basis with no reservations. The Cabinet, Supreme Court justices, members of the Diplomatic Corps, and Joint Chiefs have reserved seating.

The robust U.S. economy is expected to be topic number one for Trump's speech, which will begin at 7 p.m. and broadcast live on MTN. 

The stock market continues on a hot streak, finishing at an all time high on Friday. The Dow rose 223 points to finish at 23,616. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq both closed at record highs.   Overall stocks have gained almost 8 percent in January alone. 

Following the president’s speech, Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts will deliver the Democratic response.  Kennedy, 37, is the grandson of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. He is serving his third term in the House.

From CBS News:

Mr. Trump will focus on opportunities lifting up all Americans, and review his accomplishments in the first year, the official told reporters. Specifically, Trump's State of the Union address will focus on five major policy areas:

1. Jobs and the economy

The president will discuss how the economy is faring under his leadership, specifically focusing on deregulation efforts and the tax cuts passed in 2017.

2. Infrastructure

The president has said he wants a $1.7 trillion infrastructure deal — however, the details the White House has laid out so far give no proposal on how to pay for it. The senior administration official called it a trillion-dollar plan, but could not give an exact figure.

3. Immigration

On Thursday, the White House rolled out a bare-bones legislative framework on immigration. The must-have list includes $25 billion for a trust fund for a border wall and other border security measures, a path to citizenship for 1.8 million "Dreamers," an end to what the White House calls "chain migration," and an end to the diversity visa lottery system.

4. Trade

The president plans to address his vision of America first on trade. Expect his remarks to reiterate the points he made in his address in Davos, Switzerland, on Friday. There, he promoted the notion of America first -- but not America alone. The theme of that speech was "America is open for business." He invited other countries to invest in in the U.S. and said he wanted to negotiate "mutually beneficial" bilateral trade agreements, and expressed a willingness to revisit the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) "if it is in the interests of all."

5. National security

The president will emphasize rebuilding the military, and promoting peace through strength. He will also discuss a return to clarity in who America's friends and adversaries are, the senior administration official said. 

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