Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) tonight released the following statement in response to the President's State of the Union address to the United States Congress:
"Republicans continue to stand ready to work with the President to address the nation's most pressing issues such as the economy, job creation, small business investment, federal spending, energy, and national security. This is a critical time for our country, with the American people pressing through the worst recession in 75 years. This recession has hit people at home -- literally -- and on a personal level. Our nation's families have been cutting their personal budgets and making tough choices to make ends meet, and the federal government must do the same.
"My Republican colleagues and I welcome the President's call for a spending freeze, but it is a modest first step -- and one that has already received pushback from Speaker Pelosi. To really make a difference, Congress should pass budget caps that limit federal spending each year. If we continue on the path we are on under the Democrat economic policies, our country can expect to see an additional $14 trillion added to our national debt over the next ten years. Even the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has described our country's fiscal standing as "unsustainable.'
"Tonight, we heard the President make strongly-worded promises for greater fiscal responsibility and my colleagues and I intend to hold Democrats accountable to those statements, because it will take real action to reign in the ballooning debt we see today. Adding a multi-trillion dollar government takeover of health care to the mounting debt is assuredly not the right recipe for recovery. Unfortunately, many of the policies expanding government while spending at an unsustainable rate in this past year have set an atmosphere of uncertainty and distrust among the public, and that must be rectified for our nation to prosper.
"Again, I stress that Republicans are anxiously ready to work with the President and Democrats in Congress for the recovery of the United States as we look ahead into the new year."
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