Lucas Reacts to the State of the Union Address

Jan 25, 2011

Washington, DC

Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address:

"Tonight, I was pleased to see President Obama focus on the country's recovering economy and job growth in his speech. Although Oklahoma has fared better than the rest of the nation, much of our country continues to suffer through our current economic troubles. Rather than continue wasteful spending that has led to a national debt of more than $14 trillion, we should concentrate on improving our economy, creating jobs, and reducing Americans' tax burden.

"President Obama vowed to work with Republicans to put an end to irresponsible, out of control spending. I believe Republicans and Democrats alike see that it is time to step away from partisan bickering and focus on the future of our country. While I cannot say I agree with everything the President said this evening, he seems more willing to work in a bipartisan manner- to move more towards a responsible way of governing for the American people. And I hope this speech is a beginning.

"There are challenges between the speech delivered tonight and the reality of what we have to do. In the 2010 election, the American people made it clear that they want less spending, less government and smart policies that will fuel private sector growth. If the President is serious about working together to find solutions, Republicans are open and eager to reduce spending and get our country back on track. The federal government must learn to live within our means just like American families.  It is time to let Americans keep more of what they earn and for government to spend less."

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