Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress:
"President Obama's assessment of the state of our union fails to appreciate the gravity of our economic challenges.
"Debt reduction is the defining issue of this decade, yet the president continues to avoid proposing serious, specific solutions. Instead of taking the opportunity to be honest with the American people about the magnitude of our fiscal challenges and the danger they pose to Medicare and Social Security, President Obama largely ignored tough issues in favor of 'modest reform' ideas and false promises that require spending we can't afford.
"In the short term, I was disappointed that the president failed to address the immediate challenge of the across-the-board cuts in government spending known as sequester. His failure to lead in this area by proposing meaningful reductions in mandatory spending puts the jobs of thousands of Oklahomans at risk.
"The best way to strengthen the economy and create jobs is to reduce the deficit through tax reform, spending restraint and entitlement reforms. President Obama needs to understand that the campaign is over and it's time to show political courage and work with House Republicans to achieve real progress on balancing the budget."