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Congressman Brian Bilbray Statement on President Bush's State of the Union Address

Location: Washington, DC


Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) made the following statement regarding the President's State of the Union Address to Congress:

Regarding the State of the Union Address

"Tonight the President outlined an ambitious agenda that calls to attention the shortcomings of our illegal immigration, health care, energy, budget and military policy. I support the President's call for Congress to address these issues in a bi-partisan way, but it is equally important for sound public policy to prevail over political expediency."

Regarding Illegal Immigration Policy:

"President Bush outlined the importance of securing our borders, but those efforts will be useless unless we also work to secure our interior. We need to pass new legislation which would cut off the incentive for illegal immigration, which is illegal employment. By requiring employees to present a tamper proof social security card to demonstrate their right to legally work in the United States, we can hold employers accountable and eliminate illegal immigration incentives."

Regarding Health Care Policy:

"We must do all we can to make sure that everyone has access to affordable health care. I look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats on adopting new policies that will narrow the gap in health care coverage in America."

Regarding Energy Policy:

"Our reliance on foreign sources of oil is a major security threat. We must explore untapped domestic sources of oil while searching for alternatives to fossil fuels. As a newly appointed Member of the House Committee on Science and Technology one of my priorities will be to explore ways to develop alternative sources of energy such as biofuels, hydrogen power and solar power."

Regarding Budget Policy:

"When I left Congress in 2001, we had a $155 billion surplus; today that surplus has turned into an enormous deficit. I support the President's call to balance the budget and enact common-sense reforms that will reduce government waste."

Regarding Military Policy:

"Whether we like it or not, President Bush is the Commander and Chief for the next two years and he will continue to assert his authority over military policy. Congress has a responsibility to give our troops the resources they need to do the job they are being called on to do. We need to get the political posturing out of this issue and focus on goals and objectives that are realistic and will help us achieve victory in Iraq."

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