U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding President Obama's State of the Union address:
"President Obama asserts that America is moving in the right direction. But a nation that has $16 trillion in debt and 22.7 million unemployed citizens is moving in exactly the wrong direction.
"The president speaks of the need to halt the rise in government borrowing and to stabilize our debt. Stabilizing our debt isn't enough; we must reduce it. Halting the rise in borrowing isn't enough; we must learn to live within our means and break our dependence on deficit spending.
"We cannot continue to spend what we do not have, and we cannot continue to depress this economy by trying to borrow and tax our way to prosperity.
"In addition to strengthening our economy, we must also ensure that the freedoms promised to Americans in the Constitution are protected and defended. The gun control measures proposed by the president would deprive law-abiding citizens of their constitutional rights, and these overreaching measures will not pass Congress. I will strongly stand in opposition of any new legislation that would restrict the constitutional rights of Americans to keep and bear arms."