Representative David Price (NC-04) issued the following statement after President Obama's State of the Union Address.
"We have come a long way in the last four years under President Obama's leadership, but Congress clearly needs to refocus. Infrastructure, education, innovative manufacturing, clean energy: investments in the American people should dominate our debates. Instead, repeated, artificially-created fiscal crises have sucked all the oxygen out of the room and created economic uncertainty for every business and every family. With the sequester looming, yet another meat-axe approach to deficit reduction threatens our economic recovery.
"I applaud the President for calling on Congress to move past these self-inflicted crises to address the most pressing tasks before us: creating jobs, growing the middle class, and reducing the deficit in a way that's consistent with our priorities and values. Deficit reduction alone is not a plan for economic growth, and we cannot ask seniors, veterans and the middle class to bear the whole burden. Urgent action is also needed on immigration reform and commonsense measures to prevent gun violence. Almost all of the policies President Obama urged us to enact are supported by the majority of Americans, and they expect Congress to get the job done. I intend to help."