U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, praised President Donald Trump's State of the Union address as a "vision for a strong, secure and prosperous America."
Georgia's Republican senators and former governor Sonny Perdue also released statements of optimism Wednesday in the wake of Trump's Tuesday address to Congress and the nation.
Perdue, now the administration's secretary of agriculture, was the "designated survivor" — a Cabinet-level official kept in a secure location in the event of a catastrophic attack during the assembly.
“President Trump’s unifying address to the nation recounted this administration’s impressive achievements in its first year, which have strengthened the economy for all Americans, including those who do the important work in the agriculture sector," Perdue said in part.
Graves issued a videotaped address highlighting some achievements of the president during his first year in office. The Northwest Georgia congressman underscored a "booming" economy, historically low unemployment, regulation roll-backs and the tax reform package passed in December.
"Great things are happening in our country. I’m excited to see what we can do in 2018," Graves said.
Trump’s 80-minute speech was long on drama — he highlighted guests in the crowd, a group representing a mix of valor and victimhood, which he used to illustrate his calls for patriotism and perseverance — but short on solutions, according to Democrats in the audience.
His most detailed proposal was, perhaps, the most contentious.
When Trump outlined his four-part immigration plan Tuesday, a grim-faced House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held up her hands to try to silence the booing Democrats. Republicans, too, have deep reservations about his hopes for cutting legal immigration.
The debate has left the fate of hundreds of thousands “Dreamer“ immigrants uncertain, as they wait for a Trump-imposed expiration date for the program that protects them from deportation. Trump did not acknowledge that hurdle Tuesday, or the government shutdown looming if Democrats hold to their demands that a Dreamer deal must be tied to a budget plan.
“We need more than talk. We need a president who will bring the country together rather than foster further division,“ said Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. “We need a president who understands and engages in important issues rather than spending hours on Twitter.“
But Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue, who has been working closely with the White House, said he believes Trump offered guidance on finding a solution to the impasse on immigration.
“He’s given a lot to both sides to make that happen," the senator said. "We’re working on legislative action, this needs to be fixed in Congress. He’s laid down the roadmap."
Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said in a Wednesday statement that Trump has delivered on many promises he made during his campaign.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, "is already benefiting Georgians and families," he said. "The administration’s work to cut red tape and reduce burdensome regulations is also helping small businesses."
Isakson also took the opportunity to point out where state projects mesh with some of Trump's stated goals, including economic security.
"To that end, I hope the president will look out for the thousands of Georgians whose farming, manufacturing and transportation jobs benefit from international trade as he negotiates changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement and other trade agreements," Isakson said.
The state's senior senator linked the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project to Trump's plans for a major investment in infrastructure.
Isakson also positioned his pending bipartisan Caring for Our Veterans Act as a long-term solution to local healthcare access that would solidify Trump's commitment to veterans.
“I am optimistic about the year ahead, and I look forward to working with the administration and my Senate colleagues to continue delivering on our promises," Isakson said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report