Kingston Reacts to State of the Union
Calls attention to tax cuts, earmark reform
Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-01) issued the following statement after President Bush's State of the Union Address:
"The President has highlighted several areas that deserve the attention of Congress and I hope that we can come together to accomplish many of them before the end of the year.
"With the economy slipping, the State of the Union was the best platform to build the case for making the 2003 tax cuts permanent but the President only mentioned them in passing. It was those tax cuts, not the 2001 rebate checks, which created nearly 6 million new jobs and raised the stock market thirty-two points. With twenty million people viewers, the President missed his chance to explain why taxes shouldn't increase.
"I applaud the President's efforts to rein in earmarks. I hope Mrs. Pelosi will pay attention and support the Republican Party's proposal to suspend earmarks until a bipartisan, bicameral committee has reviewed all of them in the legislative process.