Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) today released the following statement in reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address.
"I wholeheartedly embrace the President's call for Congress to work together to solve the country's problems," Rep. Walden said. "Americans expect us to work together, and I hope Speaker Pelosi embraces the President's message and invites Republicans to the negotiating table on critical issues like health care, energy independence, and creating jobs and turning around the economy."
"Americans cannot afford for this Congress to continue on the current borrow-and-spend track," Rep. Walden said. "Under the Democrats' budget, America will have deficits of more than $900 billion a year. After increasing spending by 66 percent last year alone, freezing it at that level is hardly fiscal restraint."
"If there's one thing we've learned over the past year, it's that bigger government will not solve the country's economic problems," Rep. Walden said. "Since President Obama signed the $862 billion so-called stimulus into law, 2.7 million American jobs have vanished and unemployment has risen from 7.6 percent to 10 percent."
"The best thing we can do is control federal spending and give tax relief to individuals and businesses to create real jobs that will sustain and be long lasting," Walden said.