U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night:
"Facts speak louder than words.
"Since the president took office, more than 2 million Americans lost their jobs. The unemployment rate was 6.8 percent when he was elected, is now at 8.5 percent, and has been at or above 8.5 percent for almost three straight years -- the longest stretch since the Great Depression.
"Since the president took office, more than 4 million Americans have fallen into the "poor' or "low income' category. Right now, nearly half of all Americans are classified as "poor' or "low income.'
"Since the president took office, a record number of Americans are receiving food stamps. Right now, about 46 million Americans -- 15 percent of this country, or about 1 in 7 Americans -- are on food stamps.
"Since the president took office, the price of a gallon of gasoline nearly doubled, from $1.79 a gallon to about $3.50 a gallon in my district. The price of ground beef has gone up 24 percent. The price of bacon has gone up by 22 percent. The high prices of goods and services hit all Americans squarely in their wallets, and that's what's not fair to the middle class. That's what's not fair to the American people.
"The president's speech does nothing to change the fact that his policies have not worked.
"With that being said, I hope we can work together to solve the issues we face. I think that's a goal that all Americans share. I hope we can keep that in mind this year."