Thompson Applauds President Obamas call for Fiscal Discipline

February 24, 2009
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, issued the following statement upon conclusion of President Obama’s first State of the Nation Address:

“I welcome the President’s remarks, and look forward to working with him and his administration to reduce the federal deficit and begin to restore financial order to the government. That said, it is critically important that this is accomplished through smart government, pro-growth policies, which very well may require cutting back on popular programs and a tightening of the belt like most families across the Fifth District.

“The goals the President outlined tonight are without question areas that must be addressed. Chief among them, and an area that the Fifth District will play a role is becoming energy independent. The All of the Above approach that I advocated for while on the campaign trail is a promise I will continue to champion while in Congress.  The Fifth District has a rich energy history that we are proud of. Our future looks even brighter with the development of woody biomass, cellulosic ethanol and yes, increased domestic production of oil and natural gas.

“In the coming weeks and months, there are many challenging issues that Congress will begin to address. It is my sincere hope that President Obama will take his message of bipartisanship that was on display tonight to the Democratic Leadership of the House. This would be the Change and leadership that the American people rightfully deserve.”