Monday, January 28, 2008

Bond Responds to State of the Union

U.S. Senator Kit Bond said Congress should make President Bush's tax cuts permanent, provide continued resources for troops serving in Iraq and pass legislation that will make it easier to track terrorists.

It's all included in his response to President Bush's final State of the Union address.

“Families in Missouri, and across the nation, are struggling to pay more to put gas in their cars, heat their homes, put food on the table, and send their children to college. President Bush challenged Congress to help ease the burden on these families. Unless Congress is willing to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, more than 2 million Missouri families will face higher tax bills in 2011. Through common-sense tax relief we can help small businesses create more jobs and working families keep more of what they earn," Bond said.

"In Iraq – the central battleground – General Petraeus’ counter insurgency strategy backed up by the surge, is working. It is critical that over the next year, Congress provide the tools, resources and freedom needed to continue to take the war to our enemy — and win."

"On February 1st, the short-term law I sponsored – the Protect America Act – an early warning system that allows us to listen in on terrorists planning attacks – will expire. It is critical that we act now to pass long-term legislation to give our intelligence operators and law enforcement the tools they need prevent attacks here at home, protect our troops in the field, and keep American families safe.”

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