U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) tonight issued the following statement in response to President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address. Miller said:
"During tonight's address to the nation, the President outlined very briefly why he thought the pending automatic federal spending cuts set to go into effect this year are a bad idea. However, the solution the President offered to replace the sequestration cuts, increasing taxes yet again, is even worse and would harm our economy. With America facing trillion dollar deficits and with over $16 trillion in debt, we simply cannot replace needed reductions in spending with ever higher taxes. The House has acted twice to replace the sequester with other common-sense cuts and reforms that would reduce spending while preserving the needed programs for future generations, unfortunately the Senate has yet to act.
"I am hopeful that there are areas where Congress can agree and move our nation forward, such as the President's call to expand domestic energy production and innovation. Particularly, I hope we can move forward together on the idea to increase research and development for the use of our abundant natural gas reserves. Not only will this bolster our economic security, but in turn our national security through the use of domestic energy production and availability.
"In these difficult times we must find ways that we can work together on real solutions to the many challenges facing our great nation. I stand ready to work to find that common ground to move America forward."