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Smith Response To State Of The Union


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Lamar Smith, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, said that President Obama's actions on spending, jobs and national security speak louder than his words:

Out of Control Spending:

"After one year in office the President has increased spending by 66% and tripled the annual deficit -- the amount the government has overspent (from $458 billion to $1.4 trillion). The national unemployment rate has grown from 7.7% to 10.0%.

"The President's proposed spending freeze is a good first step, but the freeze only applies to one-eighth of the budget, only starts after the next election, and it won't apply to the Democrats' unpopular and costly health care proposals.

American Jobs Held By Illegal Immigrants:

"We could cut the unemployment rate in half simply by enforcing immigration laws. Unfortunately, the Obama administration continues to ignore the eight million illegal immigrants holding jobs that rightfully belong to out-of-work citizens and legal immigrants.

National Security:

"Despite the President's attempts to reassure the American people about national security, his policies speak louder than his words.

"The President's policies endanger Americans. There were more attempted terrorist attacks last year than in any year since 9-11. Trying to close Guantanamo Bay has not made America safer. Releasing terrorists and giving detainees constitutional rights weakens our ability to prevent future attacks."

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