U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address:
"We have a jobs crisis in this country and tonight, for the first time since the campaign trail, the President finally acknowledged the need for job creation and real economic growth, but still failed to offer detailed plans. In many parts of his speech the President struck the right tone, especially regarding the need for bipartisan efforts to get our fiscal house in order and tasking our generation to reignite the engine of America's economic growth. But what we need now, and what we have failed to see after President Obama's last three State of the Union addresses, is real action to back up the rhetoric. Words are cheap, while the cost of living for millions of workers is not. The American people are desperate for pro-growth policies that encourage private-sector expansion, create jobs, and ensure a meaningful livelihood for our hardworking citizens.
"After hearing tonight's speech, it's important to remember that House Republicans have introduced and passed detailed actionable items strengthening entitlements, advancing patient-centered health care, and reducing burdensome regulations-- and each was met with opposition. To revitalize our economy, we need serious tax reform that broadens, flattens, and lowers taxes, and we need to reduce the burdensome regulatory systems that have plagued our industries for far too long. Ultimately the state of our union will not improve until the President stops focusing on partisan political issues and actually starts acting on the issue that matters most-- our economy."