State of the Union Address Missing Key National Priorities, Thompson Says

Jan 12, 2016

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) tonight released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“I consider safety and security to be the first priority of leadership and the primary constitutional duty of the federal government.  With the recent nuclear test in North Korea, continued violations of international sanctions by Iran, domestic terrorist attacks and the rise of ISIS, threats to our national security have multiplied over the past year.  This evening, we heard very little regarding the President’s plan to address these threats to our nation.

“Our nation faces significant challenges beyond national security. We must put forth policies that will support economic growth, bring reform to our outdated and cumbersome tax system, and ensure that every American has access to opportunity in order to live up to their greatest potential. 

“I was glad to hear the President mention recent ‘bipartisan wins’ in Congress, including the rewrite of our nation’s elementary and secondary education policy.  With legislation like this, lawmakers have provided a roadmap to success in divided government.  The President said today he ‘regrets’ failing to be a unifying force throughout his first years in the White House.  I am hopeful that Congress can help him work toward that goal as his term winds down.”