Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, this evening issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address:
"I had hoped that we would hear more from the president regarding job creation, but unfortunately what we heard was more platitudes about government spending. This is precisely the recipe that led us into this fiscal mess in the first place.
"The president likes to talk about a "balanced approach,' but says nothing at all about a balanced budget. In fact, the president has consistently missed the deadline for submitting his own spending plan.
"The sequestration that we now face, which will require dramatic cuts to defense spending, is the brainchild of the president. For him to now pretend it's someone else's fault is simply untrue.
"Private employers know better how to create jobs, not government. Real people in the real world know better how to spend their hard-earned money. That's how we grow the economy.
"Additionally, I had hoped to hear some earnest talk about reform of the broken immigration system, but we didn't hear that either.
"We simply cannot sustain porous borders at the same time we are talking about amnesty for the millions who are already here contrary to our laws."