Statement of Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on the President's State of the Union Address

Posted on January 28, 2008

“The President was right to commit to improving the economy and creating jobs, preventing terrorist attacks and controlling wasteful Washington spending. It’s time for Congress to roll up our sleeves and work together to ensure every American has access to quality, affordable health insurance. We should also commit ourselves to preserving America’s brainpower advantage to keep good paying jobs from going overseas and ensure we remain competitive in the 21st century. There is no excuse for taking this election year off when there are so many important issues facing our country. The President is on the right track by recommending $300 million in scholarships to low-income families for children’s education. I have suggested similar efforts to give parents more choices in their children’s schooling since my time as Secretary of Education, and I am pleased that the President is supporting the ‘Pell Grants for Kids’ program.”