Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement tonight responding to President Obama's State of the Union address.
"America faces serious challenges -- high unemployment, rising energy prices, and a surging federal debt driven by an out of control federal government. After President Obama's fifth State of the Union Address, I am deeply concerned about his commitment to overcoming these challenges. What we heard tonight was a total lack of willingness by President Obama to work with Congress on common sense solutions that would address America's challenges. Not once did President Obama mention America's crushing $16.5 trillion national debt as he called for more spending, with money borrowed on the backs of America's children and grandchildren. Instead of offering a real plan to stop his own sequester -- massive cuts to America's military - President Obama blamed Congress for his failure to lead, and threatened to side step Congress all together to get what he wants. And, instead of offering real solutions to fixing America's debt and spending problems, President Obama called for more taxes that will continue to stand in the way of job creation. Finally, President Obama renewed his call for a so called "all of the above' energy policy while simultaneously attacking America's cheapest and most reliable source of energy - coal. His anti-energy policies continue to ignore America's vast natural resources like natural gas and coal, and the millions of jobs that go with harvesting them. President Obama's war on coal, and his rejection of a job-creating energy project like the Keystone XL Pipeline are perfect examples of his failed policies," said Bill Johnson.
Johnson added, "Instead of viewing Congress as an inconvenient obstacle, President Obama and his allies in the Democrat-controlled Senate should work as partners in progress with House Republicans to move America forward. The challenges that America faces are more important than partisan rhetoric that does nothing to create jobs and spur economic growth. And, threatening to restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of law abiding citizens does little to address the culture of violence in America or improve the identification, diagnosis, and treatment of those with mental challenges. I am willing to work with anyone, regardless of party affiliation, to build on the hard work that the House has already done to address our crippling debt, create jobs, grow the economy, and protect the constitutional rights of our citizens -- because the stakes are too high not to do so."