Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement in response to President Bush’s final State of the Union address:
“I was pleased to hear President Bush discuss the economic concerns facing the people of Iowa’s Second District. As our country faces an uncertain economic future, hard working Iowa families are struggling now, more than ever, to make ends meet. I have been hearing first hand about these struggles from the people of the Second District, these folks work hard and play by the rules, but are falling further behind.
“Tonight, during his final State of the Union Address, President Bush discussed the bipartisan Economic Stimulus plan that was jointly created by Congress and the White House. Congress fought hard to negotiate a compromise that covers as many hard working families and seniors as possible. This plan, while not perfect, provides real relief. It will give middle-class, working folks, cash up-front to help with everyday expenses. These are the people that truly need help, they have been left behind for too long.
“Iowans are working harder for less and paying more for health care, college, home heating and other energy costs. For most people, one income isn't enough to raise a family and send your kids to college. Sometimes, two incomes aren't enough. Middle-class Americans, hard working Iowa families, are seeing their dreams slip further and further away. It is time for a change, time for more than just an economic stimulus plan.
“The President’s acknowledgement of the problems facing families today is not enough. We need to address these problems, we need log term solutions, we need to let go of the policies of the past and seize this moment in time to change our national policy and make critical investments in education, healthcare, economic development and renewable energy so we can once again establish an economy that works for all Iowans.
“Lastly, the President gave us no hope for an end to the war in Iraq. This war is making us less safe at home and abroad. We must begin to bring our troops home safely and responsibly, while also working to renew our commitment to Afghanistan. This country is the front line on the war against terrorism; our commitment in Afghanistan must reflect our commitment to national security.
“This will be my focus in 2008, and I hope the President will join us in this effort.”