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Senator Marco Rubio On The President’s State Of The Union Address

Jan 26, 2011 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – Tonight, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio issued the following statement following President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight, I had hoped to hear the President outline real solutions to
fundamentally tackle our national debt crisis and help clear the way
for urgently needed job creation.  Instead, we heard him talk about more
‘investment,’ which is what most Floridians I know would simply call
more government spending.  Instead of fruitlessly turning to government
to create jobs, we should be working to cut spending, promote free
enterprise initiatives and give job creators the certainty they need to
hire more workers.

“While I was encouraged by the President’s
support for an earmark ban and will work with him towards that goal,
his call for a mere budget freeze does not go far enough in tackling our
record debt.  At the very least, we should freeze non-defense and
non-veterans discretionary spending to what it was before Washington
began its unprecedented, record-setting spending binge two years ago. 
But most importantly, we need to finally begin fundamentally reforming
the way our government spends the American people’s money.

“In 2011, both parties have a golden opportunity for true cooperation on
complex issues of great consequence.  If we take care of business, our
children and grandchildren will one day thank us for giving them the
chance to inherit the greatest society in human history.  For President
Obama and Congressional Democrats, it’s a chance to prove they heard the
American people’s call for fiscal discipline in November.  For
Republicans, it’s a chance to practice what we’ve preached by being
responsible stewards of the American people’s tax dollars.  As Florida’s
senator, I will work with anyone else who believes 2011 has to be the
year when we stop postponing the tough decisions.”