Roe Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State Of The Union address:
With Tennessee’s unemployment over 10 percent, there’s no doubt that the economy is our country’s most pressing issue. With India and China getting economically stronger by the day, we need to create jobs and come up with common sense solutions to protect the jobs we already have. Ultimately we have to do that with policies that promote job growth – like lower taxes and better education – and reject policies that will shift our jobs overseas - like the cap and tax scheme the President was pushing early last year..
And If the President is serious about getting a handle on the federal deficit and spending, I will roll up my sleeves and help him do it. But too many times, I’ve seen a lot of talk with no follow up action. Under this Administration, spending has exploded. We’ve spent $787 billion on a stimulus and our nation has higher unemployment to show for it. We’ve seen two straight years of nearly double digit spending increases and an attempt to spend $1 trillion so that Washington bureaucrats can take over our health care system. These are not the policies that create jobs and make our nation stronger – and Americans used the ballot box last week to say, enough is enough.
The President says that he wants Republicans and Democrats to work together. I have reached out to the President to work on important issues like the economy and health care; but to date, the White House response has been no response. Once again, a lot of nice talk, but no follow through. If the President is sincere about working with Republicans to create jobs and control federal spending, then we are ready to go. But if it’s going to be another year of bad policies then I am going to keep pushing back.