Barletta Statement on the Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump

Jan 20, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today issued the following statement regarding the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States:

“Today the world witnessed what is one of the finest attributes of the United States: the peaceful transfer of power from one chief executive to the next.  I thank former President Barack Obama for his service and wish him and his family well on the next phase of their lives.  And I welcome President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence as they begin to travel their own path in blazing a new trail of American history.

“The Trump Administration comes into focus with many daunting issues before us as a nation.  The new president enters office as the champion of those citizens who felt that their government had stopped listening to them and was more concerned with consolidating power than with solving any of our problems.  He also enters at a time when worldwide terrorism is at a fever pitch and our borders and national security measures are as porous and precarious as they have ever been.  Meanwhile, too many of our citizens feel that the American Dream is lost to them, and the promise of Ronald Reagan’s Shining City on a Hill has faded from view.

“To find answers to these monumental questions, President Trump will need the assistance of all Americans.  He has offered a bold agenda of fighting terrorism and of protecting our homeland.  He has promised to enforce our immigration laws and protect our national security and the American jobs that are threatened by open borders.  And as he made clear in his inaugural address, he has pledged to place America first when making decisions on domestic and international policy.  It will be up to Congress and the people we represent to do our parts to fulfill these promises.

“As an early supporter of the president’s, I was able to see the groundswell of support he was building from the very beginning.  As one of his allies in the House of Representatives, I intend to use my open channel to the White House to pursue my own legislative goals, which include enforcing immigration laws, pursuing a robust transportation infrastructure investment program, reducing government interference in private enterprise, and helping businesses find trained workers.  And we will repeal the failed Obamacare law and replace it piece by piece to ensure that no one falls through the cracks.

“There can be no question that the campaign that led us to today was bruising and among the most rancorous we have seen.  As Americans, it is imperative that we put aside the differences we aired on the campaign trail and begin to pull together toward our shared goal of a stronger United States of America.”