Garrett Applauds President's State of the Union Speech
January 20, 2004, Washington, D.C. - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) tonight issued the following statement in reaction to the President's State of the Union speech:
THE BUSH ECONOMY
"In the 2003 State of the Union address, President Bush promised real economic recovery. We are now seeing that the President followed through on his promises, and that his commitment to economic growth has paid off greatly. I will work with the President and my fellow colleagues in Congress to take action to help turn this economic recovery into a lasting period of economic prosperity.
"Our economy is at an important stage - it is continuing to grow strong, but we need to continue to act to create as robust an environment for economic growth as possible. I support the President's call to make the tax cuts permanent, allowing for Americans to keep more of their hard earned money, in turn helping to continue to spur capital investment and restore job creation.
WAR ON TERROR
"I stand by the President and his decision to go to war with Iraq. The war liberated millions from Saddam Hussein's rule and now offers a chance to bring democracy to the heart of the Middle East. The President's decision to go to war plays an important part in making the world safer and more secure for all. We are a nation still at war, and our government is meeting its responsibility - to protect all American people.
"I look forward to working with the White House to create an immigration policy that addresses the issues that concern American citizens - protecting our border and strengthening our homeland security. I am ready to work with the President to address this issue that he has appropriately brought to the forefront of Congress.
"I applaud the President's call for fiscal restraint. We are only now recovering from a sluggish economy and are running a large federal deficit. We must make the tough, but responsible choice to limit spending, and do away with waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government.
"Social Security benefits for seniors must be protected. It's a promise Republicans have made to our citizens, and it's a promise Republicans intend to uphold, but there is also a need for an update of Social Security to ensure the longevity and durability of the system. I support the President's push to revive his proposal for letting younger employees invest part of their Social Security retirement funds into personal accounts, to promote individual accountability as well as savings and investment.
"I am encouraged by the President's call for bipartisanship in dealing with the challenges we face this year, and I look forward to seeing what he has to offer, supporting him when we agree, and working to bridge our differences when we disagree."