U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, tonight released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address:
"In tonight's address, President Obama once again touted his ostensible commitment to job creation and fiscal responsibility. Unfortunately, the American people have heard these empty campaign promises for the past four years. Instead of turning his rhetoric into responsible action, the President's policies have burdened our economy with unprecedented levels of spending, record deficits and debt, and inevitably high unemployment. It's time for a new direction, not retreaded policies.
"As Congress faces several upcoming fiscal deadlines, I urge the President to join House Republican efforts to address our nation's spending crisis. We have voted twice to replace his sequester with responsible spending reductions and reforms that will begin to trim down our deficit and ultimately balance our budget. Instead of proposing job-destroying tax hikes on hardworking families to pay for Washington's unrestrained spending, the President should chart a new course for his presidency and promote pro-growth policies that will get our fiscal house in order.
"In the 113th Congress, House Republicans will continue to provide common-sense solutions to the challenges of our time. It is my hope that in the President's second term he will finally join our efforts to get our nation's spending under control so we can get Americans back to work, provide certainty in the marketplace, and create a brighter future for generations to come."