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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Green Responds to State of the Union Address

January 29, 2003
Press Release
Washington, DC - Rep. Gene Green responded to President Bushs State of the Union address with the following statement:
 
In his State of the Union speech, the President spoke of the many global challenges facing our great nation, and of our need to stand strong in the face of threats from abroad. I have no doubt that the American people are up to the task and I believe that homeland security is our top priority.  However, I still question the urgency of a war with Iraq and feel that the American people have not been convinced of the clear and present danger.
 
But in addition to ensuring homeland security, government is also charged with maintaining home-town security. Indeed, the two are inextricably linked.  Last year, President Bush told the nation in his State of the Union address that his economic plan could be summarized in a single word: jobs.  In the two years since the President took office, this country has lost two million jobs. The national deficit has exploded. The state of Texas has seen the lay off of thousands of workers. 
 
We need a plan that would invest in infrastructure vital to our nation, while at the same time creating jobs for Americans.  The tax cuts of 2001 did not help the economy and only made the national debt grow larger.  The new tax cut plan will not stimulate our economy and will not help the majority of Americans.  Tax cuts are part of the mix but not the only solutions.
 
My priorities include protecting funding for Medicaid and the CHIP program so that my constituents have access to adequate health care.  It is also critical that we provide a real prescription drug benefit so that seniors dont have to choose between food and medicine.  The presidents proposal to help small business is just a small part of what is actually needed.
 
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