BONO MACK STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT'S SPEECH TO JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS
Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama's first speech to a joint session of Congress:
"Tonight, President Obama delivered an inspirational and powerful message. Americans are facing challenging times; businesses are hurting, and family budgets are tighter than ever.
"I agree with the President's call for bipartisanship in addressing these significant challenges. We need to work together to overcome this financial crisis and breathe new life into our economy.
"As a nation, we need fresh ideas and investments in projects that create new jobs with good wages for American workers.
"It is important that we foster an environment in which our small businesses can operate and grow. We must get more money into the hands of hardworking Americans and establish policies that help our businesses compete in domestic and global markets.
"I was pleased to hear the President's concern for fiscal responsibility. It is time to put a stop to out-of-control federal spending and take serious steps to reduce our federal deficit. Future generations should not be asked to shoulder such enormous debt. It is our responsibility to deal with this issue here and now.
"The President rightly noted the importance of developing our renewable energy resources. By realizing the power of our vast clean energy resources, we can save Americans billions on energy bills protect our environment, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create new green jobs in a growing sector of our economy.
"Tonight's speech highlighted some of the many other important issues before us - from reforming our health care system to keeping our nation safe from the threat of terrorism. In addressing each of these issues, we must work to find common ground to reach solutions that will help all Americans.
"The American people are resilient, and I am confident that by empowering Americans and our small businesses we can lift ourselves out of these trying times.
"I am hopeful that President Obama will be able to bridge the partisan divide that exists in Congress to create an agenda that the American people want and need right now.
"I stand ready and willing to work on a bipartisan basis to bring real change for all Americans."