Tonight Rep. Ander Crenshaw issued the following statement following President Obama's Address to the Joint Session of Congress:
"The American people are hurting. Many have lost their jobs, and many more are wondering if theirs will be next. Others are watching their home and pension values continue to plummet, and they are looking for leadership. They are looking for proven answers, not just polished rhetoric.
"Tonight President Obama delivered a well crafted speech, but unfortunately his actions speak louder than his words.
"Instead of implementing fast acting tax relief that would immediately spur job creation and investment, as it did in 1964, 1981, 2001 and 2003, the President is sticking with the line that if the government is given enough money to spend, it can solve the very problems it helped create. And while Americans want their government to succeed, they know that we can't borrow and spend our way back to prosperity.
"We've maxed out the national credit card many times over and working families and small business owners know that this is no way to run a family budget or a business, much less a nation.
"I share the President's hope that we can usher in a new Era of Responsibility,' but if his economic stimulus bill was the beginning, I'm afraid it's going to be a short era.
"Mortgaging our children's future to pay for billions in new liberal social programming is hardly responsible. Neither is proposing to cut the deficit in half by gouging the Defense budget and the funds that our men and women in uniform rely on.
"Fortunately for the American people, the Administration's plans aren't the only proposals out there. Republicans have a series of plans that will limit the size of government, lower taxes on working families and small business, and reform runaway entitlement programs. And while the President and his colleagues in Congress are determined to drown out other voices and viewpoints, there is a better way."