King's Response to President Bush's State of the Union Address
Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Representative Steve King
5th Congressional District of Iowa
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 28, 2003
|Contact: Melissa McKay
Washington, D.C.—In response to tonight’s State of the Union Address by President Bush, Congressman Steve King said the following:
“I am pleased that the President spent a significant amount of time addressing domestic issues. He has the opportunity to work with a Republican House and Senate, and he made it clear that he expects legislative success in the 108th Congress.
The economy seems to be his number one issue on this front. He recognizes that jump-starting the economy is the only way to create jobs, therefore tax relief must come now. An increase in child tax credits will certainly bring needed money to families, and the same young working families should be able to invest a substantial amount of their 401K the way they see fit. Abolishing double taxation on dividends is essential to increase investments. This should create a big boom for seniors who depend on this income – their average savings would be $936 a year.
Bush also spoke a great deal about health care. He believes, and I concur, that seniors should have the same choices for prescription drugs as their Representatives and Senators. Rising healthcare costs need to be addressed in this Congress. We need to pass good medical liability reform; outrageous lawsuits are driving premiums UP and driving doctors OUT of practice.
I agree with the President’s call to create greater energy independence while improving the environment at the same time.
There was also talk of his Faith Based Initiative and Citizen Service Act. Now more than ever I think there is a need to provide our youngsters with compassionate and spiritual guidance. He recognized the need to address some of our most vulnerable citizens.
On the international front, I agreed with his position that the war on terror is one that needs to be fought with any nation that supports terrorist cells. Countries with weapons of mass destruction are our most dangerous threat right now. They can be used for blackmail, mass murder, terror, and be sold to terrorist allies who would use them without hesitation. Saddam Hussein has done nothing to show that he is free of weapons of mass destruction in this, his last chance to disarm. He has systematically violated this agreement for the past 12 years. I support any means necessary to ensure international security.”