Statement by Congressman Jeb Bradley on President Bush's State of the Union Address

From the Office of Congressman Jeb Bradley

(Washington, D.C.) - First District Congressman Jeb Bradley issued the following statement tonight in response to President Bush's State of the Union address:

"In his State of the Union address tonight, President Bush discussed the challenges facing our nation and expressed his confidence that Americans can rise to meet these challenges in the coming year.

"The President discussed our country's role in fighting the war on terror which remains a top priority for our nation. He also highlighted the current progress being made in Iraq despite its many challenges. Having recently returned from my third trip to that country, I have seen this progress first hand and remain optimistic about Iraq'sfuture.

"President Bush also stressed the importance of maintaining our nation's economic competitiveness. I also agree with the President's call to keep our economic momentum strong by simplifying the tax code, reducing our budget deficit through reforms to mandatory spending programs and curtailing government spending. We have a responsibility to spend the taxpayers' dollars wisely. In addition, rising fuel costs also have an impact on our economy, and we must lessen our dependence on foreign sources of oil by developing alternative fuel technologies.

"The President also outlined his goal to make health care more affordable and accessible to all Americans. By allowing individuals to maintain health savings accounts, giving small businesses the ability to pool resources together to offer health care to employees through association health plans, and preventing frivolous medical practice lawsuits, we can begin to lower costs for everyone. These are important initiatives, which will give more Americans access to affordable care and will help to strengthen our economy."