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LoBiondo Optimistic about Several Key Domestic Initiatives Outlined by the President in Tonight's State of the Union

Location: Washington, DC

LoBiondo Optimistic about Several Key Domestic Initiatives Outlined by the President in Tonight's State of the Union

U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) tonight issued the following statement after President Bush delivered his annual State of the Union Address to the nation.

"Tonight, the President outlined several key domestic issues he feels are critical to bettering America, and issued a call to action. I agree that the Administration and the Congress should work together to address the issues important to Americans, such as energy alternatives, health care costs, and education. I also believe that our focus must remain on the Global War on Terror and protecting our homeland. While we have made measurable progress in strengthening our security at home, I continue to work with my colleagues to ensure adequate protection for areas - from New Jersey's urban and suburban centers to chemical and nuclear facilities and our transportation networks - that are likely targets of terrorists."

"In renewing the focus to develop alternative fuel sources, I share the belief that the U.S. is too dependent on foreign energy. I support the President's call for further investment into domestic ethanol production and hope that there will be a continued focus on diversifying the nation's energy sources, such as hydrogen fuel cells, while promoting greater conservation efforts. Additionally, I strongly believe it is time to raise fuel efficiency standards for our automobiles, and will again join my colleagues on such legislation in the coming weeks."

"Furthermore, President Bush rightly pointed out that the rising cost of health care is one of the most pressing problems facing American families and our economy. I repeatedly hear from my constituents in South Jersey that unaffordable coverage is threatening their access to care. I will look closely at the specifics of the President's health care proposal, but remain cautious as to the benefits for all South Jersey residents."

"I am also pleased that President Bush renewed his call to work across the partisan divide. Already in 2007, the House has made real progress on proposals that I and the overwhelming majority of Americans support - from raising the minimum wage to giving the federal government the authority to negotiate cheaper prescription drug costs for our seniors. I hope the Senate follows suit. There is substantial work still to be done, but it can and should be done with the cooperation of both parties."

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