Rep. McKinley Responds to President's State of the Union Address Washington, D.C.--Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement concerning the President's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday and the issues he addressed:
"Families throughout the First District and across America are still hurting. The 23 million Americans who are unemployed or underemployed are looking for a glimmer of hope, and the jury is out whether President's remarks tonight will give them that hope." "It's vital that President Obama and Congress work together to find solutions, but instead of conveying a tone of civility and compromise, tonight the President was more concerned with scoring political points." "The President's focus on climate change is just code to justify his war on coal and other fossil fuels. While I agree that climate change is taking place, the question is what causes it. Is it man-made or natural? Despite the inconclusive science, the President made it clear he will take action that would cause considerable damage to our already weak economy." "What would bring about a stronger economy, increase growth, and create jobs, is a plan that reduces our deficit, reforms the tax code and eliminates red tape. America's economy won't get back to health by returning to the same policies that haven't worked over the last four years." "Unfortunately, some in Washington want to continue in the wrong direction. Nancy Pelosi and her allies cause deliberate confusion by insisting the federal government doesn't have a spending problem. What part of $16.5 trillion in debt don't they understand? Washington cannot tax its way out of this mess because America has a spending problem, not a taxing problem." "In the coming weeks I look forward to traveling the First District and holding meetings in local communities to discuss the President's plans. It's clear that the President and Congress need to work together and find common ground to solve this country's problems. Increasing bipartisan cooperation and civility in Washington will allow us to find solutions to fix our economy and give more opportunity to the millions of Americans who are hurting."