Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R, NC-5) issued the following statement at the conclusion of tonight's State of the Union address:
"It doesn't help North Carolina families when Washington spends money it does not have. A fiscally responsible federal government that doesn't stand in the way of private sector job growth is what's needed to make it easier for families to put food on the table, pay their bills, and realize their American Dream.
"American families, small business owners, students and taxpayers should never have to doubt whether their government is working for them. But today, the hard-earned money Washington takes from the American people isn't generating real economic growth; it's not making health care more affordable; it's not reducing bottom-line college costs; and it's not being used to pay off the $16 trillion debt bill that will burden our children and grandchildren for generations to come. Washington has to start answering for those poor results rather than attempting more micromanagement of personal freedoms.
"House Republicans have proposed ways to spur job creation and opportunity for everyone without increasing the size of the federal government's footprint in our lives. We would like the President and Senate to work with us. Partisan speeches, in lieu of the real bipartisan solutions Americans crave, do not solve problems."
Prior to the speech, Foxx and a small number of her colleagues accompanied President Obama into the House of Representatives Chamber as members of the Presidential Escort Committee.
Foxx is serving her fifth term as the U.S. Congresswoman representing North Carolina's fifth district in the House of Representatives. She is the chairperson of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education & Workforce Training and is Vice Chair of the House Committee on Rules. Additionally, she was elected by her peers to serve in House Leadership as the GOP Conference Secretary for the 113th Congress.