Hello. I'm Keith Rothfus, Representative of the 12th District of Pennsylvania.
Tonight I was privileged to attend my first State of the Union as your Representative.
In his speech, President Obama once again promised a Washington-centered approach to addressing our nation's economic woes. Unfortunately, the unprecedented growth of government spending that characterized his first term has resulted in too many Americans out-of-work, too many families who struggle to pay the bills, and too much debt on our children's shoulders.
More taxes, more spending, more regulation and more government are not a recipe for more jobs and opportunity.
We can grow our economy by unleashing the ingenuity and potential of the American people. To do that Congress and the President must work together to balance the budget, reform the tax code, reduce excessive government regulations, and expand domestic energy production.
Because of our tremendous natural resources, we in Western Pennsylvania are uniquely positioned to lead our country in an economic revival.
If we work together to achieve these goals for the American people, I am confident our best days are ahead.