Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union:
"Folks it's clear, too many in Washington do not believe that we have a spending problem. Tonight, we heard the President call for more spending and higher taxes, essentially the same agenda he has been following since he first took office in 2009.
For each of the past four years the federal government has run a deficit greater than a trillion dollars. These deficits are not because Americans aren't taxed enough, they exist because Washington is not delivering efficient and effective government programs.
Just this week, Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, 'It's almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem.' Our kids and our grandkids will have to deal with the 16 trillion reasons why you are wrong Mrs. Pelosi.
Even the Obama Administration has acknowledged spending is a problem and hopefully for the first time in four years the Senate will even pass a budget.
What's misguided about the President's proposals is that they are based on past rhetoric of a 'balanced approach,' which is code for tax increases and fail to address the real issue - reckless and out of control spending.
House Republicans are again finalizing the nuts and bolts on this year's budget. Our goal is to balance the budget in the next 10 years. Many of you want us to get there faster, and frankly I do too. But we didn't get into this fiscal crisis overnight and we won't get out of it immediately either.
I, for one, am prepared to make the tough decisions necessary to get America's fiscal house in order, regardless of the consequences, but we need willing partners on the other side of the Capitol as well as the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue."