Today, U.S. Representative Jim Renacci (OH-16) released the following statement in response to the President's annual State of the Union address:
"I was not surprised to hear President Obama say he plans to pivot back to a jobs agenda. However, I would be more encouraged if we had not previously heard that talking point multiple times only to see the President turn his attention to just about everything but jobs. If the President's policies were working, the unemployment rate would not have gone up last month, last quarter's economic output would not have been negative for the first time in three years and millions of Americans would not still be searching in vain for work.
"At this point, most Americans have figured out that President Obama's buzz words of a "balanced approach' and "increased investment' mean more taxes and higher deficit spending. Last month, the President got more than $600 billion in new taxes and he has run up more than $5 trillion in debt in just the last four years, without much to show for it other than the worst economy in a generation. My constituents and I should be forgiven if we are skeptical that more of the same will yield a different outcome."
Rep. Renacci is serving his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he is a member of the Financial Services Committee and the Budget Committee. Prior to his election he worked as a Certified Public Accountant in the health care industry, and owned and operated over 60 other businesses in the automotive and sports management fields.