Congressman Jim Gerlach issued the following statement Tuesday night after President Obama's State of the Union speech:
"The President talked about a blueprint for our economy but he seems intent on pursuing an agenda that threatens to take a wrecking ball to a sputtering recovery. Giving unaccountable agencies in Washington greater power, making people send more of their paychecks to the Internal Revenue Service on April 15th and allowing politicians to pick winners and losers in our economy will not help the 13 million Americans, many of them our friends, family members and neighbors who desperately want to work, find jobs. House Republicans have worked extremely hard during the past year to send common-sense legislation to the President's desk. We have passed 27 pro-jobs bills that are stalled in the U.S. Senate. We voted to give workers a full year of additional relief from the payroll tax and prevent a cut to the Medicare reimbursement rates that would make it more difficult for doctors to care for seniors.
"I truly wish the President were sincere about forcing Washington to live by the same rules as the rest of America. But during the past three years, it has been extremely disappointing that his rhetoric has not matched his actions. In fact, one of the biggest concerns I hear from businesses of all sizes is that they are uncertain about whether Washington will change the rules on them by raising their taxes, imposing arbitrary and expensive new mandates or ignoring the need to get serious about erasing a $15 trillion national debt that has grown larger than the size of our entire economy. My colleagues in the House will continue listening to taxpayers fed up with out-of-control Washington spending, seniors concerned that Medicare will not be there when their grandchildren need it and workers and business owners who know first-hand the proven policies needed to put Americans back to work and get our economy growing again."