Rep. Frank Lucas Reaction to President Obama’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress

Feb 24, 2009

Washington, DCTonight, President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to outline his policy agenda for the year.  He highlighted his FY2010 budget proposal, the economic stimulus package recently signed into law, and his housing plan.  Below is Congressman Frank Lucas’ reaction to the President’s address.

“Tonight, President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to lay out his agenda for the remainder of the year, with a focus on our country’s ailing economy.  I join him in his concern for every American and look forward to working with him to aid them in this time of need. 

“However, spending in this country has gotten out of control.  Between the economic stimulus plan and the proposed 2009 omnibus appropriations package, Congress will have increased spending 80% over last year.  And we must all remember nothing is free; the American people will be paying for these massive spending increases for generations to come.  During these times of financial hardship, we must all practice fiscal restraint- including the federal government.

“The American people are hurting right now, and Congress must step up to assist them.  I am encouraged that the President has made clear his priority to work in a bipartisan manner.  I understand that compromises will need to be made, but as the President stated yesterday, it cannot be at the cost of our children and grandchildren.

“The American people are resilient, hard working, and innovative.  I have complete confidence that we can come through these current financial problems a stronger and more economically sound nation.  I thank the President for his speech this evening.”

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