House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address:
"President Obama's inauguration was a historic day of hope for America. At the time, I expressed a desire shared by many for Washington to put principles above partisanship. Unfortunately, Americans have since grown accustomed to failed policies and broken promises from the White House as millions have fallen victim to 35 straight months of unemployment greater than 8 percent.
"The rhetoric of the past three years has not matched reality: this administration has given us stimulus spending that created debt, not jobs; health care "reform' that has led to 10,000 pages of business-stifling regulations; an activist National Labor Relations Board with the power to tell businesses where they can and cannot create jobs; and the audacity to circumvent the people's elected representatives by granting No Child Left Behind waivers to states with special strings attached.
"Tonight, the president had the opportunity to rally our country toward the shared goal of a brighter future. Instead, he turned to the politics of envy, which create deeper divisions among Americans.
"As we begin a new session of Congress we have an opportunity to work together on behalf of the American people. I urge the president to join congressional Republicans and Democrats in pursuing policies that offer the certainty necessary for employers to put people back to work and move the economy forward. Minnesotans keep telling me they want solutions, not slogans, but they didn't get that tonight from the president."