Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) released the following statement tonight in response to President Obama's State of the Union speech.
"I am disappointed that President Obama tonight proposed the same failed policies of the past four years. These same old broken promises have only resulted in more spending and more government. The President has created a "new normal' in America. His "new normal' is higher unemployment, more taxes, a shrinking economy, families barely making ends meet, and a lower quality of life.
Just ask any family in the 2nd District and they will tell you that they're just one broken water heater or car repair away from not paying their bills on the 15th and 30th of every month.
Over the last four years, Obama's "new normal' has taken away the American dream and has forced families to settle for less. That is not only unacceptable, it's un-American and we can't allow mediocrity to become the "new normal' in America. It's time we start investing in nurses, teacher, carpenters, businesses and stop giving taxpayer paid bailouts to Washington that only result in higher taxes and more debt.
It's time government works for these families, not against them. And that's why I am here. Together we can make this country great once again -- but not if we keep following the same failed policies of the past and settling for Obama's "new normal.' I came to Congress to get things done and now is the time to act."