WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, tonight released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:
“Tonight’s State of the Union address was a missed opportunity for President Obama to admit that his policies have failed to meet the needs of the American people. Instead, he promised a ‘year of action’ – even if that means circumventing Congress and the constitutional lawmaking process while making unilateral decisions through executive orders.
“Rather than promoting policies that divide Americans, the president should have made a commitment to working with Republicans to get our economy back on track. At a time when the labor force participation rate is at its lowest in 35 years, it is imperative that we work on real solutions for an economic recovery – not just contrived Administrative ‘fixes’ – to help the long-term unemployed. House Republicans have passed dozens of pro-growth bills that would reduce regulatory burdens, expand energy production, and reenergize the free enterprise system. It’s time for the president to join with us and recognize that job creation will come from a thriving economy, not Washington mandates.
“The president also failed to address how he plans to give Americans relief from ObamaCare. The disastrous health care law has led businesses to stop hiring and lay off workers – making it even more difficult for our nation’s unemployed to find work. Despite the president’s promises, ObamaCare also forced millions off of their preferred insurance plans, while causing premiums and out of pocket costs to skyrocket for families and businesses. Clearly, ObamaCare is a train wreck. It’s time to start over in order to actually give Americans access to quality and affordable health care.
“North Texans deserve better than another speech that is heavy on rhetoric and light on real solutions to the problems facing families across our nation. I will continue to hold the Administration accountable, fight to get Washington out of the way, and support common-sense proposals to expand opportunities and rebuild the American Dream.”
Created: January 28, 2014