U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-09) issued the following response to President Barack Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress about the unemployment crisis in America:
"Tonight, President Obama made it clear that he plans to call the same big government plays that have already failed America. His call for higher taxes will further unsettle our small business owners, and his commitment to more stimulus spending lends a deaf ear to our national debt crisis.
"While I welcome the president to the national conversation about our unemployment crisis, his veiled threats and tough talk to Congress was political stagecraft, not a credible plan for jobs. Recall the last stimulus package, which promised to keep the unemployment rate from going above 8 percent. Thirty-one months later, with 14 million Americans looking for work, our unemployment rate is at 9.1 percent.
"The experiment of big government belongs in the history books. Now it's time to focus on private sector job creation by cutting taxes, cutting spending, and removing costly regulations. House Republicans have had a jobs plan on the table for months, and we've passed over a dozen bills to boost private sector job creation. I believe the president missed an opportunity tonight to join our effort to get Americans back to work."