Nebraska's all-Republican congressional delegation praised President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech to Congress on Tuesday, describing it as conciliatory, positive and cooperative.

"We can and should work together to strengthen our national defense, invest in infrastructure, bring down the cost of health care and open up new opportunities for agriculture producers," Sen. Deb Fischer said.

"I thought the president was inviting Congress to some consensus," Rep. Jeff Fortenberry said.  

"And on many issues we should have consensus, such as lowered drug prices, infrastructure and trade deals," he said.

But there was one large exception, Fortenberry said.

"Clearly, the president wanted to make a strong case for border security in order to set the new preconditions for better outcomes in the next round of budget negotiations."

Sen. Ben Sasse focused on Trump's remarks about abortion: "Pro-life Nebraskans should be encouraged to hear the president call on Congress to protect the dignity of every individual and build a culture that values life."

Rep. Don Bacon pointed to Trump's call to "find solutions to immigration, trade, infrastructure, health care and national security."

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Rep. Adrian Smith said: "I look forward to much more success as he seeks to secure our nation's borders, ensure greater market access for American producers and connect more Americans with economic opportunity."

Democratic State Chair Jane Kleeb said the president ignored the needs of rural America.

"He flicked away his reckless trade policies that are stifling rural America's struggle to survive," Kleeb said.  

"His speech was filled with fear-mongering toward immigrants and a rehash of his stump speech," she said. 

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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