Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise today released the following statement after President Obama’s State of the Union address.
“It’s fitting that President Obama gave his State of the Union on Mardi Gras Day, since he’s spent the last four years throwing record levels of taxpayer money at failed federal programs like cheap beads at a parade,” Scalise said. “If higher taxes and more government spending were the solution to our economic woes, our economy would be humming on all cylinders, but all the middle class has to show for the last four years is a hangover of record debt and a weak economy that hasn’t produce jobs for hard-working families.
“Unemployment hovered above or around eight percent throughout President Obama’s entire first term. The president’s attempts at job creation and middle class revitalization have proven hollow and damaging. The Keystone XL pipeline sits unapproved and with it, more than 20,000 American jobs remain sidelined. Billions of dollars in new middle-class taxes are now starting to hit American families and small businesses, and the full weight of Obamacare, with its mountains of radical regulations, are already leading to higher health care costs and more lost jobs. It’s time for President Obama to get serious about addressing the problems facing our nation and abandon his failed tax, regulate, and spend agenda.
“For more than four years, the American people have been subjected to President Obama’s empty rhetoric, and tonight’s State of the Union was no different as he chose to retread the same failed agenda that has divided our country and handcuffed our economy throughout his entire presidency. American families are tired of Washington politicians who over-promise and under-deliver. House Republicans will continue to propose conservative solutions to strengthen our economy and grow American jobs so we can rebuild our middle class by creating better opportunities and higher wages for struggling families, and liberals in the White House and Congress should join with us.”