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Ryan Statement on President's State of the Union Address

Location: Washington, DC

Ryan Statement on President's State of the Union Address

Wisconsin's First District Congressman Paul Ryan tonight made the following comments regarding the President's State of the Union speech:

"On Iraq and the war on terror, I agree that this is the decisive ideological struggle of our time. The stakes are extraordinarily high and we must defeat the extremists who stand against freedom and our way of life. I intend to visit Iraq in the next few weeks to see firsthand whether the proposed strategy for victory is workable."

"I am also very glad that the President is seeking solutions for key problems on the home front that confront us - particularly dependence on foreign oil and rising health care costs. I do believe that, as we increase our supply of renewables, we must continue working to streamline our gasoline system and reduce the number of boutique fuels in order to prevent price spikes. On health care, by offering a bold proposal to boost access to health coverage and put more power in patients' hands, the President is starting the debate on the right foot. We need bold solutions to address our health care crisis, and I look forward to seeing more details of the plan."

"In addition, I support the President's call to balance the budget within five years without imposing tax hikes on the American people."

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