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Montana lawmakers react to the State of the Union

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Montana's congressional delegation offered their reactions Tuesday night to President Donald Trump's first State of the Union speech, falling mostly along party lines.

"Tonight, we heard the President speak of a nation that is strong and secure. Together we will secure our borders, improve our crumbling infrastructure, pass a Farm Bill that works for Montanans and address the National Park’s maintenance backlog. I look forward to working with President Trump, Vice President Pence and the Administration on these priorities. Let’s continue to Make America Great Again," Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican, said in a statement.

Rep. Greg Gianforte, also a Republican, said he agreed with Trump's assertion that the state of the country's union is strong.

"America is special. Regardless of background, we have the opportunity to earn a decent living, raise a family, own a home, contribute to our communities, and retire comfortably. To get there, we work hard, persevere, and take personal responsibility. That is the American dream. Opportunity is a cornerstone of our country. The president and Congress have taken steps to open further the doors of opportunity for all Americans. We have worked to grow our economy, increase wages, and create good-paying jobs," Gianforte said.

Democratic Sen. Jon Tester said he heard some things he liked but lamented lost opportunities.

“I heard strong things from the President tonight that spoke to Montana’s hardworking families. I look forward to working with him to upgrade our infrastructure, secure our borders, boost access to better jobs, and improve care for our veterans. I’m concerned the President did not once mention our state’s top industries, so I’ll hold him accountable to address the issues facing family farmers and ranchers, and to protect our public lands. I have always said that I will work with the President when I can and hold him accountable when his policies hurt Montana,” Tester said in a statement.

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