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Gov. Perry: Essential Constitutional Values Will Keep our Nation on Track

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Location: Washington, DC

Gov. Rick Perry today emphasized the need to focus on the 10th Amendment, and called for a return to the values of a smaller, more limited federal government in order to restore our nation's prosperity. The governor spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) 2010 States and Nation Policy Summit.

"Our nation's future prosperity depends on our willingness to return to our essential constitutional values and the individual freedom for which they were written." Gov. Perry said. "With bold leadership from elected officials at every level, we can recapture what is great about America and restore this nation as a beacon of individual liberty and economic prosperity."

Gov. Perry addressed the federal government's overreach into the daily lives of all Americans, specifically through the costly federal health care reform bill. The governor also emphasized the need for increased fiscal restraint at the federal level, and again called for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

"New leaders in Washington should work to limit rampant federal spending through a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution," Gov. Perry said. "This amendment would protect future generations from unprecedented national debt, and keep America's economy moving forward."

The governor also noted that Texas' economy continues to lead the nation in job creation thanks to our state's low taxes, reasonable and predictable regulatory environment, fair legal system and skilled workforce.

ALEC is a nonpartisan membership association for state lawmakers who share a common belief in limited government, free markets, federalism and individual liberty. The State and Nation Policy Summit is ALEC's final conference of the year for veteran and newly elected state legislators to discuss critical issues facing the country.

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