Congressman Lamar Smith released the following statement today in response to President Obama's State of the Union address.
"Since President Obama took office, almost 2 million more Americans are out of work, and we have run up the three largest deficits in U.S. history.
"His policies of higher taxes and increased government spending are making our economy worse. We know what our nation's job creators need from Washington - more certainty and less costly regulations. Tax increases discourage hiring and prolong economic uncertainty. Getting our economy back on track requires leadership from President Obama and Democrats in the Senate. Instead, 27 jobs bills that have been passed by the House are awaiting Senate action. Unfortunately the President missed an opportunity tonight to focus on the pro-growth policies that will move our economy forward."