Marino reaction to State of the Union address

January 28, 2014

For Immediate Release
January 28, 2014

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Tom Marino (PA-10) released the following statement after President Obama delivered his State of the Union address:

“Not surprisingly, in his fifth State of the Union address, the President failed to offer America any new solutions to the challenges we face.  The President could have proposed policies to spur private sector job creation by working with Republicans to lower healthcare costs, rein in Washington’s out of control spending, and cut bureaucratic red tape.  President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to recklessly increasing spending without budging on reasonable offsets. Instead of solutions, we heard more lies and campaign-style rhetoric purposely designed to divide our union along race, gender, and class lines.

“Over the last five years, President Obama’s failed policies and broken promises have resulted in nearly 8 million underemployed Americans, 5 million cancelled health insurance plans, the lowest level of labor force participation since 1978, 1 in 7 Americans enrolled in the food stamp program, and 68 percent of Americans saying the county is in the same state or worse off than it was when the President took office.

“Instead of focusing on divisive politics, I know that House Republicans stand ready to act and I will work with anyone – Republican, Democrat, or Independent – to create opportunities for hardworking Americans and address the debt and deficit.  Real solutions to the challenges our country is facing do exist and together, if we put aside the politics of division, I am confident we can end the gridlock and enact common sense solutions for the good of the United States and for future generations of citizens.”