Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address given earlier this evening.
"Tonight was an opportunity for President Obama to show strategic vision and unwavering leadership at a time when this country needs it most.
"The President says he wants to create jobs and improve the economy, yet he has stood in the way of initiatives that would do just that, as has the Senate by refusing to act on the 30 jobs bills that the House has passed in bipartisan fashion. President Obama states he wants America to be energy independent, but at the same time he effectively ended the Keystone pipeline initiative. The Keystone project would have decreased our country's dependence on foreign oil and was supported by unions and business leaders alike. In addition Keystone would have created a hundred thousand jobs.
"This country has a spending problem that the President refuses to deal with directly by showing fiscal restraint. Instead, he continues to propose unsustainable budgets that he intends to pay for by imposing tax increases on our job creators. We cannot tax our self into prosperity.
"Revitalizing the economy and reducing unemployment is the number one challenge facing our nation. We must reduce wasteful government spending and put our country back on a path to fiscal responsibility."