Saturday, January 16, 2016

Congressman Robert Hurt Responds to the President’s State of the Union Address

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) tonight released the following statement in response to President Obama's annual State of the Union Address:

"I appreciate President Obama's coming to the Capitol tonight to deliver his final State of the Union Address to the Congress and to the American people.  While the President and the Congress are focused on the same objective – building a stronger America for our children and grandchildren – we have drastically different visions of how to achieve this goal.

"Today, the United States faces serious challenges: a sluggish economy defined by stagnant wages, an unsustainable fiscal path, and grave national security threats at home and abroad.  In the House, we have and will continue to pursue a bold, pro-growth jobs agenda that makes it easier for our small businesses to create the jobs we so desperately need.  We will continue to look for opportunities to reduce our nation's spending and to implement the necessary fiscal reforms to keep current programs solvent rather than allowing them to proceed on an unsustainable path.  We will continue to pass legislation to ensure our national security – like the legislation we passed earlier today with bipartisan support to strengthen sanctions against North Korea.  In the House of Representatives, we are working across the aisle to address these critical issues, and it is time for the President to join us.  He could have used his final State of the Union Address to present bipartisan legislative ideas or detail his strategy to defeat the Islamic State, but rather the American people heard more empty rhetoric from a President who has consistently failed to lead.

"For the last seven years, the President's legacy has been marked by executive overreach and refusal to heed the will of the American people.  It is my hope that in his final year as President, he will work with the Congress, rather than around us, to promote policies that will allow our farmers, our Main Street businesses, and our working families to succeed.  We have a tremendous opportunity to work in a bipartisan, bicameral way to advance real solutions to these challenges, and the President should join us in these efforts.  I look forward to finding the common ground the President spoke of tonight to build a stronger and safer America for future generations."