In anticipation of President Bush's 2007 State of the Union address on Tuesday 23 January 2007, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) held a press conference at the National Press Club on Friday 19 January to present the "Report to the American People on the State of Our Union." Speaker Pelosi began the press conference by talking about the House Democrats' 100-hour agenda in which the House of Representatives passed ethics reform legislation creating what she described as the "most open and honest Congress in history."
In keeping with the recent national call to reinvigorate innovation and competitiveness, Speaker Pelosi stated that this goal "requires federal grants to our universities, which have long been the spark for great breakthroughs: from the Internet, to biosciences, to fiber optics, to nanotechnology. We must commit to doubling federal funding for basic research and development in the physical sciences and modernize and expand the research and development tax credit. And we will bring broadband access to every American within five years, creating millions of jobs."
Speaker Pelosi also discussed energy policy, stating that "energy independence is a national security issue. It is also an environmental issue, and an economic issue for our country and for America's families. We must also promote energy efficiency, standards, and effective conservation." She indicated a willingness to work with President Bush on issues such as global warming. "We want to work with President Bush on this important issue in a bipartisan way. But we cannot afford to wait."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid focused on the war in Iraq, but also discussed the importance of energy independence, reducing global warming, and promoting renewable fuels. He ended the press conference by stating that "in Congress, we'll continue working with Republicans to keep America safe, and we'll listen to President Bush Tuesday night. Together, we must move in a new direction, and build a safer, stronger nation."
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