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VT delegation reacts to State of the Union

January 25, 2011

Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

To The President’s State Of The Union Message

 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The President set forth wise priorities with a proper sense of urgency.   He also helped heal the nation with his deeply moving call for civility and respectful debate.  Mindless political point-scoring, demonizing and ‘my way or no way’ obstructionism are ‘luxuries’ the American people can no longer afford, let alone stomach.

What we saw in him tonight was a little less of the professor and a little more of the statesman.  The American people largely agree with his diagnosis of our greatest challenges.

Two high priorities of mine on the Senate Judiciary Committee will directly complement the President’s jobs and deficit reduction agenda.  The bipartisan patent reform bill that I introduced today will strengthen our position as the world leader in innovation, without adding a penny to the deficit.  And the anti-fraud laws I have championed already are saving taxpayers billions of dollars.  Fraud is the focus this week of the Judiciary Committee’s very first hearing of the new Congress, as we start to consider a new round of initiatives to root out fraud and to recapture ill-gotten gains.

Governing and budgeting are about choices and priorities, and I agree with the President that our budget focus needs to be on what makes America stronger.  In Congress, restoring fiscal responsibility is a worthy goal that spawns 535 different answers, and there is merit in many of them.  It is a crucially important goal, and we cannot afford to let our differences define the nation’s future.  With civility and respect we can forge solutions for the good of the country.  With civility and respect, we also will discover that we agree on more than we expect we do.

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Welch reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union address

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) released the following statement late Tuesday in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight, President Obama set the right tone for the new Congress. He said what Vermonters have always known: political progress requires even the most intense debates to be civil and respectful.

“The President identified the essential American challenge: creating jobs by restoring American competitiveness. Doing so will require a focus on job creation and deficit reduction, both of which must be accomplished if either is to be achieved.

“To create new jobs, we must rebuild our aging infrastructure and invest in energy efficiency. As the President said, ‘We need to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.

“And to ensure the stability and sustainability of our economy, we must get our fiscal house in order. We must, however, accomplish this without forcing middle- and low-income Americans to bear a disproportionate share of the burden.”

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Sanders Statement on State of the Union

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement tonight after President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress:

“The president covered a lot of territory tonight but the issues that stand out for me are the need for our nation to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and create millions of new jobs, reduce our deficit in a fair and responsible way, and for us to make sure that Social Security remains strong not only for the present generation but for our kids and grandchildren.”

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