HEADLINE: CONGRESSIONAL NEWS CONFERENCE ON PRESIDENT BUSH'S STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE REGARDING SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM
PARTICIPANTS: REP. JIM KOLBE (R-AZ); REP. CHARLES STENHOLM (R-TX); SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC); REP. MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN); REP. NICK SMITH (R-MI); REP. SAM JOHNSON (R-TX); AND SENATOR JOHN SUNUNU (R-NH)
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REP. BLACKBURN: Thank you, Jim. I'm Marsha Blackburn. I'm from Tennessee's seventh district, and I'm a freshman this year. And I am one of those freshmen that campaigned on the need to address Social Security reform.
And I think that we can look at the issue and say the environment is right now to do this and the time is right to do this. And it is important that we create a structure and a format and that we agree to come forward with our ideas, where we're not going to shoot them down immediately, where we talk about them and find a solution to this so that our government can meet the obligation that it has to our retirees and our near-retirees, people like me that are over 50 years old, people like my 26- and 23-year-old children, who are just starting to work, who would enjoy having the opportunity to have personalized accounts, to have the opportunity to know that something is going to be there for them when they retire.
And the environment is right to tackle tough issues like Social Security, much as we did with Medicare and with other issues that are going to come before us. But let's get this done. Let's begin the discussion. And let's be certain that Social Security meets its obligations and that it also is in a format and a framework that my children and grandchildren know that it is there for them when they retire.
Thank you all. Thank you for your leadership so much.