02.24.09

Burr Statement on President Obama’s Address to Congress

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's address to a Joint Session of Congress:
"From the economic crisis we are facing to the continued threats from those who wish us harm, our nation is confronted with many tough challenges. President Obama rightly noted many of these challenges tonight. I agree with the President that our nation can best overcome these challenges by working together. I believe the best way to turn around our economy and create good paying, long-term jobs is to let Americans keep more of what they earn in the first place. By empowering individuals, families and small businesses--not expanding the government--we can more quickly and more effectively strengthen our economy.
"I applaud the president's call for fiscal responsibility, and I couldn't agree more. The out-of-control spending in Washington has got to stop. Unless we come to grips with our spending, our economy will be no better off, and Americans for years to come will be facing either massive tax increases or severe cuts in federal programs to pay off the enormous debt we have accumulated.
"Finally, I was pleased to see that the president spoke about the growing epidemic of the declining high school graduation rates. Currently, only 70% of our nation's high school students graduate on time. This is simply unacceptable, and we must address it. That is why I introduced the Graduate for a Better Future Act earlier this year to help public high schools across the country improve their graduation rates.