Area politicians respond to State of the Union Address

Area politicians respond to State of the Union Address

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) released the following statement in advance of President Obama's State of the Union Address:

"Actions speak louder than words.  While this President gives eloquent speeches, we have yet to see from him the kind of leadership our country needs right now.  We need to come together for real action that will foster job creation through private sector expansion, bring down the cost of energy, and reduce our national debt."

"In the House, we have advanced legislation that would make the tax code fairer, flatter, and more conducive to growth.  We have acted to safely and efficiently harness America's energy potential.  We have worked to rein in government and reduce deficits.  All of this has been met with inaction from the Senate and a White House more intent on campaigning than working with us.  When the President is ready to come off the bully pulpit and do the people's work, we will be here."

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., released the following statement today regarding the President's State of the Union Address:

"I am pleased that President Obama is once again pivoting to jobs, but was disappointed in his larger message. Bigger government and more spending are not the keys to American prosperity. To create more jobs and a better quality of life for all Americans, we must tame our debt and deficit while getting our nation's spending under control. Instead of trying to grow government and raise taxes yet again during a time of economic hardship, we should be enacting meaningful legislation that reforms entitlements, simplifies the tax code and cuts spending."

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement this evening in response to President Obama¹s State of the Union Address:

"With a national debt of over sixteen trillion dollars, record unemployment on the rise, and a shrinking national GDP, now is the time for the President to work with Congress to achieve balanced solutions to put our economy back on the path to prosperity.  This evening's remarks by President Obama conveyed to the American people that our Commander in Chief does not believe we have a spending problem.  Instead, he claimed that he is willing to work with House Republicans to solve the tremendous issues facing our nation. Based on the past four years, his rhetoric does nothing but guarantee empty promises."

"Last Congress, House Republicans passed legislation that supported an all-of-the-above energy proposal, a balanced-approach replacement for the impending sequester, and a national security strategy that kept American families safe.  We were able to conquer our objectives while striving to put our fiscal house in order.  Unfortunately, the President and his colleagues in the Senate have refused to consider our efforts or even negotiate with us."

"Over the next four years, the only way our nation will begin to fully recover is if the President begins to change course.  It is my hope that he will extend an olive branch and work with House Republicans to help put our economy back on the right path."

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., tonight issued the following response following President Obama's State of the Union address:

"The president said that he is pivoting to jobs. While I agree that creating jobs is a top priority, I believe that the most important jobs are private sector jobs. We need to empower the private sector by having more predictable and less burdensome regulations. We addressed taxes in January, but now it's time to cut spending and get our fiscal house in order. We have too many government jobs and not enough private sector jobs. If we are serious about turning the economy around, we must focus on this area."

"Sequestration is going to happen, and it is going to happen because the president has failed to lead on this issue. I hope that the president will lead and demonstrate the places where we can make meaningful cuts, the places where we can find savings and the places that we can have greater efficiency. He's the president, he needs to lead."

"The president talked about the need to improve our education system and to that end, I am glad that he is coming to Atlanta on Thursday to visit Georgia's pre-k program as a shining example of state education improvement in this country. I emphasize 'state education' because the main role of government is at the local level and at the state level, not at the federal level. With the exception of our poorest kids and those with disabilities, there are really no federal roles in education, except to ensure the education of our children."