Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) responded to President Obama's State of the Union address tonight, saying:
"At a time when our nation faces extraordinary challenges, it would have been encouraging to hear President Obama put aside the divisive, tired rhetoric and demonstrate the kind of unifying leadership our country so desperately needs. Unfortunately, we saw more of the same -- a refusal to acknowledge America's dire financial outlook and the glaring absence of a plan to truly get our economy moving again.
"Today, our workforce is the smallest it's been in generations. Our economy is retracting. Millions upon millions of Americans are hurting because of President Obama's policies. Those policies are keeping more moms and dads without jobs from being able to support their families. Those policies are resulting in more workers on the verge of retirement suddenly being laid off. Those policies are causing more college graduates to be discouraged as they enter a job market with nearly 8 percent unemployment.
"The President is missing the opportunity to actually solve the challenges facing this nation -- whether it is the weak economy, energy usage, health care costs, a broken tax code, or Washington's fiscal irresponsibility. And yet there are positive solutions that could be embraced. House Republicans have pushed a pro-growth agenda which would lift the economy, expand American-made energy, put patients in charge of health care, eliminate special interest loopholes, and move our nation's finances to balance.
"Tonight's speech sadly did not demonstrate that this administration understands how to right the course of this nation and return her to prosperity. Nevertheless, I am hopeful that with the continued support of the American people, we can get to work on real solutions that will put this nation on the path to fiscal responsibility and a real recovery, creating jobs and having more dreams realized."