Roe Statement on the State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01), chair of the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions subcommittee for the House Education and the Workforce committee, released the following statement in response to the State of the Union address:
“Three years and three trillion-dollar deficits later, it is clear that hardworking Tennessee taxpayers deserve better answers, better solutions and a better result.
“To date, the president’s record tells its own story. In his first speech to a joint session of Congress in 2009, President Obama promised to ‘cut the deficit in half’ by the end of his first term. However, the reality is that under President Obama’s watch, the government has accumulated the three largest annual budget deficits in our nation’s history. Over $4.6 trillion has been added to the national debt since Obama took office, which is the most rapid increase of any president. We must get serious about enacting spending cuts that put us on a sustainable fiscal path.
“This country’s economic growth is constrained because of the outrageous levels of spending by this president. The national debt is rising and has now reached over $15 trillion – officially surpassing the size of our economy at 100 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). On February 6, another budget is due. This country cannot afford another 1,000 days without a budget and without certainty. The American people deserve fiscally responsible leadership and common sense solutions to get our country’s fiscal house in order. Congress, along with the president, needs to come to an agreement that leads to stabilization and declines the ratios of federal government debt to GDP and debt to revenue.
“It is my hope that his words and his promises align with his actions because the American people deserve the truth and a better future.”