Rep. Jean Schmidt issues statement on State of the Union Address

Posted by Christi Reynard email 

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Republican Congresswoman Jean Schmidt issued the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union Address:

"I wish the President understood the need to get serious about growing our economy, creating jobs and reducing the deficit a year ago.  I stand ready to work with him in tackling these issues.  We cannot tax, borrow and spend our way into prosperity.

"I applaud the President for proposing to freeze spending.  It is a step in the right direction; however, this freeze will only affect 12% of federal spending.  The President has already approved more than a 22% increase in non-defense discretionary spending since taking office.  Merely freezing spending after such absurd increases is a classic example of trying to close the barn door after the horses are long gone.

"We desperately need to get our economy moving again.  Ohio's official jobless rate has climbed to almost 11% and in some parts of my district the real rate is over 20%. Families are hurting and the administrations attempt to stimulate the economy has been a very expensive failure.  We need pro-growth policies that will drive the private sector economy not more government bailouts.  Extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts is a great place to start.  We know those cuts worked to stimulate the economy.  We shouldn't let them expire.

For the last year Republicans in the House have offered alternatives to create jobs, reduce our reliance on foreign energy with clean alternatives and improve our health care system only to be rebuked by the Democrats Majority and the Administration.  We will continue to offer ideas and alternatives in the hope that the President is truly serious about wanting bipartisan solutions to the very real problems we face."