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Press Release: Rigell Statement on President Obama's 2013 State of the Union Speech


Location: Washington, DC

Rigell Statement on President Obama's 2013
State of the Union Speech

Congressman Scott Rigell (VA-02) made the following comments on the President's State of the Union address:

"Given the profound challenges facing our country, I listened intently to what President Obama shared in his State of the Union address.

President Obama will lead America for the next four years and I wanted him to put forth this evening a bold, definitive economic plan that would unlock the tremendous job creating potential of the American entrepreneur. Though many words were spoken, none formed the vision I wanted to hear, one backed by a plan that rises to the challenges we face.

When introducing new plans that grow the federal government, the President leads with conviction and his plans are specific. In contrast, and what troubles me so greatly, is that when he mentions the nation's most difficult fiscal challenges, like the critical need to reform and save Medicare, the President is so vague that his "plans" are no more than a fuzzy sentiment.

Unfortunately the same is true with respect to averting the sharp defense cuts known as "sequestration." Though the idea of the sequester came from his Administration and the President stated unambiguously that "sequestration will not happen," he has been largely silent on an issue that directly impacts national security, and our national and local economies. Today's revelation that North Korea conducted its third nuclear test is yet another reason why sequestration must not happen.

I have twice voted for legislation to replace the sequester with a balanced approach of reforms and spending reductions. However the Senate has failed to bring this legislation to the Senate floor for consideration.

This is the reality in Washington and it is unacceptable. My determined effort to put our country first, to find and advance common ground, will continue. I appreciate and respect President Obama expressing our nation's gratitude to our men and women in uniform, and their families. My resolve to lead by example, and to say what must be said, is inspired by their service and sacrifice and the duty we have to pass on the blessings of liberty and freedom to the next generation of Americans."

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