Wicker- “The President’s solution to creating jobs is just more spending”

Leads effort to cut Senate office budgets as good start

January 25, 2011

Washington, DC – Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today discussed President Obama’s State of the Union Address scheduled to be delivered this evening. 

“The President has shown he can generate government jobs,” Wicker said.  “But jobs created by small businesses and entrepreneurs in the private sector are the ones that are needed.  The President’s solution to produce jobs is just to expend more tax dollars, which is a nonstarter in the Senate and for the American public.  We are already spending more than we have, so the President’s call for a five-year spending freeze simply does not go far enough.  We need to stop the spending binge and give job creators certainty to enable them to hire.”

Wicker has been calling on his colleagues in the Senate to cut their office budgets by at least five percent in 2011.  While only a beginning, Wicker said the commitment would signal a change for the better in Washington.  On Monday, he appeared on Fox News to tout his plan.

Wicker’s guest to the State of the Union will be Bill Austin, the Executive Director of the Desoto County Regional Utility Authority.  Austin is a life-long resident of Desoto County, an attorney, and a civil servant. At the State of the Union, Wicker will be sitting beside Senator Ben Cardin (D- MD). The two have worked together on human rights issues and strengthening Israel.

The President’s State of the Union Address is required by the United States Constitution in Article II, Section 3.  The State of the Union was submitted in writing from 1810-1912 and first televised at night when Lyndon Johnson delivered his State of the Union on January 4, 1965.

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