February 11, 2005

Crapo: Bush delivered the right message

State of the Union focuses on Economy and National Security

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo called President Bushâ??s State of the Union address a â??timely and needed message.â?? Crapo, who attended the speech in the House Chamber in the U.S. Capitol, issued the following statement:â??At a time when many Americans are anxious about the state of our economy, our national security, and our international objectives, President Bushâ??s speech was a needed message. The President addressed issues that Americans are concerned about in a bold and comprehensive fashion. â??President Bush outlined plans that will get the economy back on a positive growth track now and in the future. He made proposals that can strengthen and improve healthcare for all Americans. And he continued to stress the importance of defending peace and security at home and abroad. The President called on Congress and all Americans to overcome the threats that terrorists and rogue regimes, specifically Iraq, pose to the United States and the world. On the other hand, he spelled out bold new humanitarian initiatives that can improve the lives of millions of people throughout the world. Lawmakers and Americans have been invigorated by the Presidentâ??s words and his call to act on threats to freedom and prosperity at home and abroad. Idahoans will find of particular note the Presidentâ??s proposals for tax reform and small business growth and support. So much of Idahoâ??s economy depends on small businesses, and we need to take every opportunity to encourage and strengthen those entrepreneurs. It is also time that we put the federal budget on track with the family paycheck. The Presidentâ??s speech touched on many of the most important issues to individuals and families, to working men and women, to our military troops, and I look forward to moving ahead with these proposals which will help restore our economy and protect our homeland.â??# # #