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Rep. Young Comments On President Obama's First 100 Days


Location: Washington, DC


"Our country is facing tough times that call for solutions not grandstanding." -Rep. Don Young

Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement this afternoon on President Obama's first 100 days in office:

"The first 100 days of this Presidency have been like nothing I've ever witnessed in my 36 years in Congress. We were promised full bipartisan efforts, but so far we have seen none of that. Written without bipartisan cooperation, the not-so-stimulating stimulus bill grew exponentially from what was originally proposed, and wound up including $137 billion in new government programs. Pushing a social agenda is not the way to stimulate our economy or create new jobs!

"So far this year, the Democrat led house has authorized the spending of $71,901,800,000 and that doesn't even include the money appropriated for the bailout and the stimulus! Just THIS WEEK we have authorized $9.22 billion in spending. This Congress, and by default this nation, is hemorrhaging the hard earned money of American taxpayers and it's not okay.

"Additionally, in just 100 days, this administration has managed to infringe on our Second Amendment rights, lock up more public lands, put a halt to energy development and production, and in turn take away more and more American jobs in a time when we need all we can get.

"I've said time and time again that this partisanship has got to stop. We are going to keep spinning ourselves in circles instead of coming to solutions if this continues. When the President took office he vowed he would work with both sides of the aisle. He's made public shows of extending the olive branch, but behind the scenes has done nothing. Our country is facing tough times that call for solutions not grandstanding. If this first 100 days is any indicator of what's to come over the next four years, then we're headed down a very slippery slope. I still have faith that we can turn things around, but it's going to require more than prime time press conferences and photo ops."

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