Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee senators urge Obama focus on debt, spending and jobs

Posted on January 25, 2011

Tennessee’s U.S. senators want President Obama to focus tonight upon fiscal limits, rather than another round of stimulus spending.

In remarks on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., urged the president to talk about ways to limit the federal budget deficit.

“I’m hoping that tonight when he delivers his speech, he talks about the fact that we here in Washington have got to have the same kind of discipline that all of our folks back home have to live by,” Corker said.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus, also urged Obama to talk about boosting jobs while cutting deficit spending.

“For the last two years, the unemployment rate in Tennessee has been above 9 percent, so the first thing I hope to hear from the president is how we can work together to make it easier to create private-sector jobs in our country,” Alexander said. “And then he needs to address the debt. We are borrowing 42 cents out of every dollar we spend in Washington, so the president and the Congress have to work together to reduce spending and the federal debt.”

Obama’s State of the Union speech will be delivered to a joint session of Congress tonight at 9 p.m.

For complete coverage, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.