South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement after the President's State of the Union Address:
"I wasn't sent to Congress to work with President Obama. I was sent here with a large freshman class to restore balance, and to stop the President from implementing a radical agenda" said Duncan.
"In the three years since President Obama has been in office, unemployment has grown, our national debt has soared, gas prices have doubled, and home values have dropped. The President has ignored solutions to these issues from House Republicans, and has chosen instead to place the needs of special interests ahead of the well-being of the American people."
"We have a President who ignores the Constitution by making controversial recess appointments when the Senate isn't in recess. We have a President who speaks about the need to create jobs, while blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline which would have employed over a hundred thousand workers."
"The President speaks about fiscal responsibility, yet it's been 1,000 days since the Democrat controlled Senate has managed to pass a budget. And for the third year in a row, the President has been late in submitting his own budget to Congress as required by law."
"Actions speak louder than words, and unfortunately three years of inaction have caused the President's words to appear empty. Tonight's speech seemed to focus more on protecting President Obama's job, than creating jobs for the millions who are currently unemployed."
"The bright spot of the evening came from seeing my colleague, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, one final time before she steps down from public service to focus on her recovery. Congresswoman Giffords has been an inspiration to our country, she'll be deeply missed by this Congress, and will continue to be in my family's prayers."