U. S. Representative John Hall
Democrat New York 19
For Immediate Release
January 23, 2007
REP. JOHN HALL CRITICIZES PRESIDENT BUSHS STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH
WASHINGTON, D. C. Congressman John Hall sharply criticized President Bushs State of the Union address tonight for ignoring the fact that Americans want a new direction regarding the war in Iraq, healthcare costs and energy policy.
Said Hall: It is unfortunate that tonight the President missed a real opportunity to demonstrate leadership and accept the need for change.
As in previous addresses, the President paid lip-service to new forms of energy and fuel economy, but continued to focus on oil drilling and nuclear power, Hall said. Im pleased to note that the President did mention climate change tonight, however, and Im ready to work with him on alternative fuels and conservation.
Hall remarked that he was glad the President acknowledged the need for accessible and affordable healthcare for Americans, too, but disagreed with the proposals presented in the Presidents address, which would place a new tax burden on middle class workers. The President and Congress should get to work on a simple, alternative approach to healthcare coverage for all Americans right away, said Hall.
Most of all, said Hall, I am disappointed the President continued to advance his mistaken plan to escalate the war in Iraq. Tonight, he failed again to embrace the reality that a new, diplomatic approach is needed.
At a time when America is facing complex challenges that require bold, innovative solutions, President Bush regrettably offered the country more of the same stubborn adherence to a failed course in Iraq, maintained a misguided emphasis on oil, coal, and nuclear power, and continued to put corporate interest over those of working families, stated Hall. I am confident that over the coming months Congress will be able to advance the new, creative answers that the American people deserve.