Responding to President Obama's annual State of the Union address, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) said the President's plan to create new jobs failed to offer any new ideas. In a statement released tonight, the Congresswoman called on the President to work with Republicans to develop a bipartisan plan to put Americans back to work:
"After a record 35 months of unemployment at 8.5 percent or above -- the longest such stretch since the Great Depression -- the President still doesn't get it. Businesses all across California tell me the same thing: they are over-regulated, over-taxed and over-litigated. Unfortunately, the President just doesn't understand what it takes to help businesses be successful, so they can create new jobs and contribute to America's prosperity.
"After last year's State of the Union address, I wrote to President Obama and urged him to embrace my plan to make "Made in America" matter again, and to help bring jobs lost to outsourcing back home to the United States. I'm glad that he talked about it tonight -- but raising taxes, imposing new job-killing regulations and increasing government spending isn't the way to do it.
"Today, for the first time in our nation's history, America's $15.1 trillion national debt exceeds the yearly production of the entire U.S. economy. It's time for the President to recognize that his policies aren't working and to begin listening to some new ideas. As Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, I stand ready to work with him."