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Remarks by President Trump at Signing Ceremony for S.153, The Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act

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White House Oval Office  •  Washington D.C.  •  February 11  •  4:13 P.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: Okay. Thank you very much. We are today signing the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act. It's a big deal and the people behind me have been so involved - our senators, our congressmen. We're missing a few great senators because we're approving, I think, five judges today. And Marco Rubio was very much involved in this process and helped everybody very much and so I want to thank him.

    But we're taking action to increase access to education and job opportunities in science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science for our amazing veterans and our military spouses, their military spouses.

    I'm grateful to be joined today by Secretary Robert Wilkie, and senators that are just fantastic people. And they've worked for us so hard, and this is one of the many things they've been doing. They just came from a great vote for those judges - some of the judges. There'll be five today.

    Senator Kevin Cramer of North Dakota - thank you very much, Kevin. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota. And they're going to be bringing their tremendous football team to the White House very shortly because they won the championship for their division, and it's a big deal. And they've won it for a lot of years, right?

    SENATOR HOEVEN: Eight out of nine. Go Bison!

    THE PRESIDENT: So what's going on in North Dakota that you won it so much?

    SENATOR HOEVEN: It's a great program. I mean, eight out of nine. They got a 30-some-game winning streak going. And our first game next year is Oregon at Oregon, so that's going to be a lot of fun.

    SENATOR CRAMER: They wanted to test that theory of winning too much. (Laughter.)

    SENATOR HOEVEN: Yeah. They like that winning.

    SENATOR CRAMER: Yeah. So far, not.

    THE PRESIDENT: They're winning so much they can't stand it anymore, right? (Laughter.) No, but we look forward to seeing the team.

    SENATOR HOEVEN: Thanks very much for inviting us.

    THE PRESIDENT: We did it last year and we look forward to it. We had LSU here. We'll have - we're going to be having the Super Bowl Champion very soon. They're really looking forward. A great coach. Andy Reid is a great coach. And he's been a great coach, and now he's got that big one and that was an amazing game. But they'll be coming very shortly.

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    I want to thank Senator Jerry Moran, who is a friend of mine, who has been incredible in every way. And we really - when I think of Jerry, we did a lot of work together, but the thing he did that - I don't know if people even know it, Jerry - but something that couldn't be done for 44 years, they say, and that's Veterans Choice.

    SENATOR MORAN: Thanks, Mr. President.

    THE PRESIDENT: So I want to thank you, Jerry. That was incredible. (Applause.) I mean, it really - Jerry was so, so knowledgeable. Active, but knowledgeable. A lot of people are active; not a lot of people are knowledgeable. (Laughter.)

    And they got Veterans Choice. And that's one of the reasons, I think, the VA is doing so well, because people don't have to wait around for six weeks to see a doctor. They go out, they get the doctor, we pay the bill, and it works out incredibly well. It's been a tremendous success.

    Representative Brian Babin. Thank you very much, Brian.

    REPRESENTATIVE BABIN: Yes, sir.

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Brian. Thank you.

    REPRESENTATIVE BABIN: It's good to be here. Good to be here, Mr. President.

    THE PRESIDENT: Michael Waltz. Thank you, Michael.

    REPRESENTATIVE WALTZ: Yes, sir. Thank you, sir.

    THE PRESIDENT: Thanks, Michael.

    REPRESENTATIVE WALTZ: All right.

    THE PRESIDENT: Great job. And you're going to say a few words, a couple of you, if you want.

    Andy Barr of Kentucky. Andy Barr, thank you very much. Hi, Andy. Good job today. I watched you at the hearing with our wonderful, high-interest man. He likes high interest rates, right? The Federal Reserve. He likes high interest rates.

    Neal Dunn, thank you. Thank you, Neal.

    REPRESENTATIVE DUNN: Thank you very much, Mr. President.

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

    Roger Marshall.

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    REPRESENTATIVE MARSHALL: Mr. President, congratulations. Another win for the veterans.

    THE PRESIDENT: This is a good win. This is a really good - and, B.J. Lawrence, I want to thank Veterans of Foreign Wars. Right?

    MR. LAWRENCE: Thank you, Mr. President. Good seeing you.

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Here, let me have a hand there. Great job you're doing.

    MR. LAWRENCE: Thank you, sir.

    THE PRESIDENT: Lou Celli and the American Legion.

    MR. CELLI: Thank you, Mr. President.

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Lou. Thank you, Lou, very much.

    And Nate Anderson, Concerned Veterans for America.

    MR. ANDERSON: Thank you, Mr. President.

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you. Thanks. Good job. A young guy. (Laughter.)

    Jared Lyon. We have a Derek Lyons. (Laughter.) I said - where is Derek Lyons? He's around here someplace, right?

    MR. LYONS: Back here, sir.

    THE PRESIDENT: But I said - terrific lawyer. Look at him back there. They're off just with two letters, right? One on the first name; one on the second name. But Jared Lyon, thank you very much. Student Veterans of America.

    MR. LYON: Thank you, Mr. President.

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Great job.

    ...

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