Rep. Kind Statement in Reaction to President Bush's Last State of the Union Address
Washington, D.C. –U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) made the following statement in reaction to President Bush’s last State of the Union address this evening:
“President Bush delivered his last State of the Union as this nation faces great challenges, and seeks strong leadership to address them. But despite our weakened economy, a continuing war, energy insecurity, and the many other things putting stress on families across the country – tonight the President offered no new viable ideas for taking these issues on.
“Building a sustainable economy and a strong nation takes more than just rebate checks. It takes comprehensive energy policy, affordable health care and college costs, and fiscal responsibility. No stimulus package can fix seven years of misguided economic policies, but Congressional Democrats are prepared to work in a bipartisan way to get this economy moving again – starting with the stimulus package we will pass tomorrow, and continuing throughout the coming year.
“I was also surprised by the President’s belated call for earmark reform. Under Republican control, earmarks nearly doubled to $29 billion, and Congressional Republicans overwhelmingly opposed new earmark transparency rules instituted by Democrats earlier this year. I agree that Congressional earmarking is in desperate need of reform, and I hope this conversation will result in a bipartisan, bicameral solution to shine more light on Congressional and Executive earmarks.”