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Biggert Reacts to State of the Union Address

Location: Washington, DC

Biggert Reacts to State of the Union Address

Reaction of U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13)

Chairman, Energy Subcommittee of the House Science Committee

To State of the Union Address

Washington, DC - "Our dependence on foreign energy sources is our Achilles heel, not just in the realm of diplomacy, but in terms of our future as the world's economic leader. No one has opened a heating bill, or filled up at the pump, and not felt the pangs of worry about our budgets, not to mention our future.

"We have to stop thinking ‘oil and gas' and start thinking ‘nuclear, hydrogen, and other alternative sources' that our advanced technologies have made possible. Our future competitiveness relies on science and technology, and the President got it right tonight.

"He has taken the long view of what this country needs - not only to remain competitive, but to stay at the forefront of technological innovation in the years to come. We have the tools, the talent, and the answers to make sure America remains a world leader.

"The one thing we needed was this expression of support from our chief executive. No doubt we face pressing short-term budgetary demands, but we surely will never meet long-term challenges without long-term investments in technology, science, and mathematics.

"As a principal proponent of incentives for the teaching of mathematics and science in the 2000 No Child Left Behind Act, I applaud his new initiative to train 70,000 math and science teachers.

"As Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee that has jurisdiction over our nation's energy laboratories, I look forward to guiding through my subcommittee a number of exciting proposals the President put forward tonight to end our reliance on oil and gas and improve our energy security. They show his vision is right on the mark."

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