Congressman Jeb Hensarling, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, issued the following statement today in response to President Obama's speech at the State Department on U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa.
"I'm pleased to hear the President articulate the United States' longstanding support for the democratic rights of all people, especially those currently risking so much for democratic reform in the midst of the ongoing 'Arab Spring.' However, calling on our ally Israel to reinstate its 1967 borders is a deeply wrong-minded approach that ignores the obvious reality beneath the problems that persist in that conflict--namely the Palestinian Authority's dangerous alignment with Hamas.
"I'm particularly astounded that as the President implores Congress to raise the debt ceiling to its highest level in history, he offers $1 billion in debt relief to the Egyptians and a new infrastructure fund to benefit them without offering any way to pay for either. When it comes to spending money we don't have, the President is clearly out of touch with reality and the American people."