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

Location: Washington, DC


Washington, D.C. - This evening, Congressman John Linder (R-GA) made the following statement on President Bush's State of the Union Address:

"Tonight, President Bush reaffirmed our nation's commitment to fighting terrorism, encouraging democracy and freedom around the world, strengthening the economy, keeping our homeland safe, and addressing the future of our nation's Social Security and tax systems.

"The President discussed the need for changes to Social Security. I applaud his leadership on this issue, and I share his vision of a move toward an investment-based Social Security system and the establishment of voluntary personal retirement savings accounts for each and every worker. These accounts would allow individuals to save and invest during their working years to provide for their own future retirement.

"I also applaud the President's leadership on tax reform. Now is the time to address this critical issue and I am hopeful that the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform will give careful consideration of my FairTax proposal, H.R. 25, as well as to other fundamental tax reform bills. As a Member of the Ways and Means Committee, I look forward to taking an active role in the debate on tax reform and Social Security.

"Finally, the President's message this evening was one of hope and optimism, not only for the future of the United States, but also for the future of other nations, including Iraq and Afghanistan, which recently enjoyed historic elections. The citizens of these countries chose to take a giant step toward establishing a democratically-elected form of government and refused to let the threat of terrorists and suicide-bombers prevent them from moving forward with their future and their own destinies.

"I look forward to working with the White House and my colleagues in the 109th Congress to ensure peace, security and prosperity for all Americans."

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