Representative Reid Ribble (WI-08) tonight released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address.
"There is no doubt that the President is a great orator, and tonight only further proved that. But with tonight's words, there needs to be action on the areas where both parties can find agreement. This won't be easy to do, but rarely are things that are worthwhile easy to do.
"While there were many ideas that I did not agree with tonight, it will not derail my efforts to work on the ideas that I do agree with that might move our country forward. Tonight I did what I have done in the previous two State of the Union addresses. I focused on where agreement could be found. There's no sense in focusing on disagreement or attacking people because it just prolongs the bickering and cheap talk that is so common in Washington D.C.
"There is still a lot of work that lies ahead in the 113th Congress. I will do all that I can to help move the country forward and overcome the hurdles holding our nation back. One of the most significant obstacles facing the nation is the bleak economy. I hope the President is serious on finding ways to work together with House Republicans to enact measures that will move our economy forward.
"It's been four years since the Senate has passed a budget. I championed the bipartisan No Budget, No Pay legislation, which states that members of Congress will not get paid unless a budget is passed. While this was just a temporary measure, it got our foot in the door to make it a permanent reality. I believe making No Budget No Pay permanent will have a transformative effect on Washington...an impact that's long overdue.
"I will continue to work on legislation that focuses on improving the economy, reining back spending, and curbing out-of-control regulatory action so small businesses can enjoy an economic climate where they are encouraged to grow and create new jobs.
"America can still be a place where we can dream big dreams and accomplish big things. Together we can insure that our children will have a brighter future - one that can take them where their dreams, hopes and aspirations lead them."