The Kustoff News Letter | The Week of February 9th 2018

On January 30, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address to the country. I was proud to hear from a president who is putting West Tennessee and America first.

The State of Our Union is Great Again

During President Trump’s first year in office, the U.S. economy added more than 2 million jobs, and the unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent, which is a 17-year low.

We passed historic tax reform, and we bolstered our military and support for veterans. Last year, the President kept his promises, and he is not done. I look forward to working alongside President Trump as we build on our success and continue to revive the American spirit.

Read my op-ed previewing the President’s State of the Union address here.

I was proud to invite my friend, Dyersburg Alderman Bob Kirk, to join me for President Trump’s first State of the Union address. Mr. Kirk is a dedicated, lifelong public servant, so I could not think of a more deserving person to hear the President’s strong ‘America First’ message in person.

To read more in the Dyersburg State Gazette, click here.

(Left to Right: Dyersburg Alderman Bob Kirk, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Congressman David Kustoff)

Working to Combat the Opioid Crisis 

This week, I met with Tennesseans representing Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) to discuss their important work to educate youth about the dangers of drug use and the devastating opioid crisis.

Discussing Public Safety with Tennessee’s Corrections Commissioner

On Wednesday, I met with Tennessee Corrections Commissioner Tony Parker to discuss the growing issue of contraband cell phones in prisons. Commissioner Parker traveled to Washington this week to meet with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and work toward a solution that combats security issues caused by cellphones in the hands of the nation’s inmates. I am thankful for Commissioner Parker’s work, and I am encouraged by how seriously the FCC is taking this concerning public safety threat.

To read more about this issue in the Tennessean, click here.

Improving Rural Health in West Tennessee

We enjoyed meeting with the Rural Health Association of Tennessee this week during their trip to Washington for their annual policy conference. I appreciate their dedicated efforts to improve rural health care for West Tennesseans.

Discussing Community Financial Institutions with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin

Click here or on image above to watch.

In a House Financial Services Committee Hearing this week, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and I discussed the need to modernize burdensome regulations that are crippling our community financial institutions.

Honoring President Ronald Reagan

I remember knocking on doors for Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign, which kick started my interest in government. This Tuesday, on what would have been his 107th birthday, we honored President Reagan’s leadership, and we continue to carry on his conservative legacy.

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