Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, January 24:
"Some Americans are hurting, and they need relief. Fancy words don't solve problems. Action does. Tonight, I heard the same old Obama -- more taxes, more spending, and more red tape. It's tiresome, and the country deserves better.
"The President's record speaks for itself, and his policies have set our economy behind. Since he took office, the national debt has surged by $4.6 trillion; Washington has racked up its three largest deficits in history; we've had 35 straight months of unemployment over eight percent; and gas prices have doubled. To top it off, the President recently said "no' to creating more than 20,000 jobs with his rejection of the Keystone Pipeline project.
"Steering the economy forward and putting Americans back on the job will not happen with one singular piece of legislation. That process will take a combination of policies. That's why I stand solidly behind cutting wasteful government spending and will build on my record of support for $900 billion in cuts and a mandatory vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment. I will also keep knocking down costly red tape that hamstrings our small businesses from creating jobs and will fight to repeal of our costly national health care law, and increase domestic energy production.
"My focus remains on those legislative solutions that will strengthen our economy and provide long-lasting economic peace of mind to all Americans. I hope all my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will join me in this fight. It will take all of us."