Nationwide, the American Society of Civil Engineers has projected a funding gap of over $1.4 trillion through 2025 to address infrastructure needs for road, rail and transit systems, water and sewer systems, the electric grid, airports and inland waterways.
There was one passage that did suggest a real change that Trump would seek, and it was an alarming idea. "President Trump resisted from throwing jabs at legislators with different opinions than his and instead asked for bi-partisan compromise for plans of infrastructure, immigration, and education". But here the speech's appeal to the assembled legislators to make a version of the deal he's offering on DACA - essentially an amnesty and path to citizenship now in exchange for future immigration reductions - was undercut by all the fearmongering about immigrant crime that Trump wrapped it in. We went back to look at the State of the Union address at the beginning of a midterm election year where the president's party was facing a lot of headwinds. The U.S. Energy Information Agency projects that the U.S. will become a net energy exporter in the next decade, primarily because of a boom in oil and gas production that began before Trump's presidency. These are written by other people, and his ability to to shift on a dime when he gets agitated about something is pretty hot.
Trump's joint address to Congress last winter, while not officially a State of the Union address, also had almost 48 million viewers.
The controversies that have dogged Trump - and the ones he has created- have overshadowed strong economic gains during his first year in office.
"It is not crumbs", Trump said after the employees described using the bonuses they've received to fund a wedding, a vacation, and retirement. In recent years, Congress has been much more likely to act in the face of crisis, sometimes manufactured crisis, than to do ordinary legislating.
He also spoke forebodingly of catastrophic dangers from abroad, warning that North Korea would "very soon" threaten the United States with nuclear-tipped missiles.
The White House is not actively organizing the highly publicized announcements from the likes of Apple and Walmart.
Democrats followed their lead and made an unusually quick beeline for the exits. Some smaller channels rounded out the rest.
TRUMP: "We are now an exporter of energy to the world".
Among the guests were Police Officer Ryan Holets who adopted the baby of opiod-addicted parents.
As part of that sales effort, Trump on Wednesday welcomed to the White House seven representatives of companies that have passed on the benefits of the tax law to their employees. Will there be a Richard Nixon moment where Trump addresses the Russia investigation? Meanwhile, Trump's rolling back sensible provisions aimed at reducing the risks of offshore drilling.
The plan offers little help for the city's subways either.
But it's hard to say whether that's a consequence of Trump's relative unpopularity, or the increasingly fragmented state of television. Democrats provided a short spurt of polite applause for Trump as he entered the chamber, but offered muted reactions throughout the speech. It's how the phrase "alternative facts" was born.
Middle-class households - defined as those making between roughly $49,000 and $86,000 a year - will see their tax bills drop by about $930, the Tax Policy Center calculates.