WASHINGTON – On Friday, President Trump proclaimed the week of November 24-30 as National Family Week, continuing a decades-long tradition in the U.S. of recognizing the importance of the family during the week of Thanksgiving. In his proclamation, the President identified the family as “the bedrock of our Nation,” and touted the many steps his administration has taken to assist and strengthen families, including doubling the Child Tax Credit, calling for paid family leave, working to remove Obama-era anti-conscience regulations on foster care agencies, and signing the pro-family First Step Act.
In response, Terry Schilling, executive director of American Principles Project, released the following statement praising the President:
Strong families are the necessary foundation for a strong country. This is the message of National Family Week, and we are very fortunate right now to have a President who recognizes this reality and who has consistently prioritized the needs of families in his actions.
Since taking office, President Trump and his administration have successfully worked to advance pro-family policies in numerous areas, including tax policy, education, welfare and foster care, criminal justice, and paid family leave. These moves have been especially important at a time when the American family is in crisis, with marriage and birth rates near all-time lows, necessitating a strong response from our government.
Moreover, in addition to being good for our country, the President’s pro-family focus is also good politics. As APP laid out in our recently released ‘Family First’ report, the Republican Party is dependent on strong families for political success, and Trump’s first-term pro-family agenda, which has included many of our recommendations, will only help the GOP in the short and long term.
For all these reasons and more, we commend President Trump for his critical efforts to promote and strengthen families, and we look forward to continuing to work with his administration to put the family first in Washington.
Earlier this month, APP released a new report, “Family First: Reclaiming the GOP’s Forgotten Constituency,” making the case based on recent survey data that the Republican Party needs to adopt a pro-family agenda to survive politically. You can read the full report here.
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