The State of the Union is Strong, and Paychecks are Going Up

February 2, 2018

The State of the Union is Strong, and Paychecks are Going Up

On Tuesday night,  President Trump delivered a powerful, uplifting message to the American people.

The President highlighted the individual stories of people who - through courage, strength and resilience - have overcome difficult circumstances and pursued their own American Dream.

In the end, the President’s speech was about the true American spirit that unites us all. The President called on Congress to continue working to find solutions that will restore hope and make life better for everyone in this country.

This comes as unemployment levels are at a 17-year low, and economic confidence is at a 17-year high. Tax reform has immediately injected new life into the economy.

The Treasury Department projects 90% of people will pay lower taxes this year, and some are already seeing higher paychecks as a result. Remember to Check Your Check today and in the coming weeks for that pay increase.

GA Troops Heading to South Korea - and their Families - are on our Hearts 

About 4,000 Georgia-based troops will be deployed to South Korea in next few months.

Steve and I hold these brave men and women in our prayers as they deploy and serve their tour of duty over 7,000 miles away. We thank them for their commitment to this country, and we thank their families for the tremendous sacrifices they make as loved ones leave home.


January Jobs Report and HPSCI Memo Released

The January Jobs Report - released Friday morning - shows unemployment steady at 4.1 percent - the lowest since 2000. And unemployment for adult women in America is down to 3.6 percent.

Growth in the U.S. is being fueled by some of the highest economic confidence we've seen this century. With the trend continuing, Americans are going back to work, staying at work, and getting paid more for the hard work they do.

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Memo was also released today. As I have said since I read the Memo, I believe the American people have the right to see it. Visit this link to read the White House's release letter and the Memo. 


Finally, I just want to send a quick update on the train crash involving myself and many other Members of Congress. On Wednesday morning, a train on which Steve and I were passengers hit a vehicle on the tracks near Crozet, Virginia.

There were just a few minor injuries on the train, but my heart goes out to the family of the individual who died in the accident, and to the individual in the truck who was seriously injured.

Once again, we are reminded how thankful we are for our nation's first responders. And I’m grateful for all of those who acted swiftly and heroically.


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Karen C. Handel
Member of Congress