Jan 27 2010


U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress:

“President Obama’s rhetoric on fiscal responsibility unfortunately lacks credibility.  A temporary freeze on 17 percent of the budget is insufficient when this administration has already proposed annual trillion dollar deficits for years to come. 

“The American people are concerned not only about the price tag of Democrat initiatives such as health care legislation, but also about the growing role of government in their lives.  President Obama should work with Republicans to enact sensible reforms that decrease health care costs without expanding government and destroying our quality of care. 

“More broadly, our focus must be on jumpstarting the economy and creating jobs through policies that spur economic growth in the private sector.  The path to economic recovery and sustained growth runs through the private sector, not the federal government. 

“The attempted Christmas Day bombing is a stark reminder that the government’s most important responsibility is to protect its citizens.  Terrorists continue to plot everyday to kill innocent Americans.  President Obama’s top priority for the remainder of his presidency must be to avail himself of every measure to ensure the safety of the American people.”