Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress:
"First and foremost, the Congress should work with the President on points where we can agree. The American people and job creators lack confidence in the direction of our country, and the only way to restore confidence and stability is to tackle the big issues: We must stop excessive regulation, reform our tax code so we can remain competitive with other countries, expand our domestic energy production and make government live within its means. I am ready and willing to work with the President to tear down the barriers to private-sector job creation. I look forward to studying the details of the President's proposal, but from what I heard tonight, it appears to be more of the same stimulus that failed in the first place. In Arkansas, the President's previous stimulus plan cost taxpayers more than $273,000 for every job it created or saved in the state while adding a trillion dollars to our national debt. If the President wants to strengthen the economy, he should encourage the Senate to pass more than a dozen pro-jobs, pro-growth bills that we in the House have already passed."