CONGRESSMAN BISHOP STATEMENT REGARDING THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress:
“I applaud the President for focusing on initiatives that strengthen the Middle Class and provide opportunities for all Americans. In order for our economy to grow and our nation to compete as a global power, we must focus inward to make Americans’ paychecks go further in tomorrow’s economy, prepare our workers to earn higher wagers, and keep quality jobs here in the United States. Additionally, I applaud action on strengthening our nation’s cyber security defenses, believe that our communities would benefit with increased access to a college education, and recognize the distinct need for an updated tax code more equitable for all Americans.
“While I generally agree with the President’s remarks tonight, I do hold concern with the EPA’s continued expansion of its regulatory authority. Its proposals regarding water and air could have very profound and negative impacts on the constituents living in Middle and Southwest Georgia. Furthermore, it is vitally important that our economy continues to increase our energy portfolio by taking advantage of all types of resources including solar, wind, carbon, hydro, bio, nuclear, and fossil fuels—as well as oil. To that end, I am in support of safely developing our access to energy resources by boosting our oil supply and creating jobs through the completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
“Regarding the upcoming year in Washington D.C., I believe that Congress owes the American people a responsible budget, so the affected folks can plan and prepare for the upcoming year. As the Congressman from Middle and Southwest Georgia, I will continue to work with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to find and pass balanced solutions that reduce the federal deficit, continue to strengthen our economy, and create opportunity for Georgians and all Americans across our great nation.”