What the President SHOULD Say

Jan 28, 2014
What the President SHOULD Say

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Tuesday ahead of President Obama’s annual State of the Union address:

“Tonight, President Obama will make an all-too-rare trip up the National Mall to address Congress and the American people about his vision for the direction of the nation over the next year.

Getting hardworking Americans back to work has been my focus. However, many of the President’s policies simply have not worked to our country back on the right track.

Here’s what the hardworking taxpayers of Bucks and Montgomery counties deserve to hear from the President in his State of the Union address:

  • Plans to roll back burdensome taxes and regulations that inhibit economic expansion and increased opportunity. For each new regulation the Administration proposes, an old, outdated regulation should be eliminated.
  • The adoption of policies to develop an ‘all of the above’ American energy strategy that makes us, finally, energy independent. Pennsylvania natural gas should be at the top of the list.
  • Meaningful efforts to address America’s $17T national debt which is slowing our economic recovery. Work with Congress to reduce wasteful Washington spending in order to pay for transition help and compensation for the unemployed.
  • Support for ‘Fairness to Veterans’ to ensure that veterans and veteran owned businesses have equal access to federal infrastructure contracts. This is my original bill, now introduced with a growing list of bipartisan co-sponsors. I’d love to have the President’s support!

Increasing opportunity and family security by getting folks back to work isn’t a Democrat or Republican concept - it’s a bipartisan goal that should be shared by every lawmaker in every office.

The ideas laid out above are bipartisan, common sense objectives meant to help hardworking Americans. I stand ready to work with the President, and members of both parties, in the House and Senate, to get our economy moving again.”


Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.