GOODLATTE STATEMENT FOLLOWING PRESIDENT BUSH'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
DATE: February 2, 2005
"In his State of the Union Address this evening President Bush articulated a bold vision for America on issues both domestic and international. It was a powerful speech that evokes a vision of freedom and peace around the world and opportunity and security here at home.
He clearly outlined the progress we're making in Afghanistan and Iraq, as evidenced by the historic elections recently held in both countries. In particular, the President spoke of the importance of continuing to advance the spread of freedom and democracy and thanked our service men and women who are fighting for freedom around the world.
When Janet Norwood, whose son gave his life fighting for Iraqi freedom, gave her son's dog tags to Safia Taleb al-Suhail, whose father was assassinated by Saddam Hussein's henchmen, everyone could feel pride in the freedom that American's have always fought for and understood the great sacrifice that our men and women in uniform make to advance that cause.
On the home front, the President focused on the need to preserve the Social Security system for future generations. He also spoke of the importance of legal reform, tax reform, a comprehensive energy policy and education and job training initiatives to ensure that we have a skilled workforce that can compete with any other in the world.
I was particularly encouraged by the President's call to control spending and cut the budget deficit in half-not by raising taxes, but by modernizing the government, making tough spending decisions and being good stewards of taxpayer money.
This speech only served to reaffirm what most Americans already knew while there are challenges on the horizon, the State of our Union is strong."