Congressman Bob Gibbs Response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

January 28, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“This evening the President addressed the nation regarding his plan for a ‘Year of Action’. Americans have many unanswered questions regarding unemployment, healthcare and how we can get our economy back on track.  My advice for the President would be to act upon over twenty of the House-passed jobs bills, collecting dust on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s desk.

“I agree that we need a ‘Year of Action’ and in fact we have needed four full years of action to make up for what is now the new normal in this country. I had hoped that the President would lay out precise details on how he plans to grow the economy, create jobs and reduce our nation’s out-of-control spending. If the President is serious, he should join us as we work together to lower healthcare costs, and help Americans take home more of their paychecks. It is time that the President shows leadership and abides by the Constitution, which outlines clear roles and responsibilities. Instead, he continues to issue executive orders that completely disregard Congress’ ability to represent you. This hurts hardworking Ohioans and Americans across the country that are struggling with high unemployment and a stagnant economy.

“From the Keystone Pipeline to the SKILLS Act, the House has worked to pass bills and initiatives that would create jobs and provide Americans with the resources they need to get back into the workforce. The number one priority of the American people is jobs but in December alone, for every one person who found a job, more than four stopped looking for work. The latest jobs report confirmed that our economy continues to struggle.

 “The current policies that the President has in place continue to stifle job creation and continue to create uncertainty in the market place. The median household income has fallen by $3,795 under President Obama, falling from $55,958 in January 2009 to $52,163 in November 2013. You deserve better.

“House Republicans have presented the Democrat-led Senate with numerous policies to encourage the development of a responsible budget and reduce the outrageous spending culture in Washington. Our national debt has surpassed $17 trillion and the President did not offer a plan as to how he will alter his spending habits this evening. It is time for our colleagues on the other side of the aisle to step up to the plate and offer up solutions to strengthen our economy. 

“With this ‘Year of Action’ we can get Washington out of your doctor’s office, out of the job market and away from the gas pump- to make life better for hardworking Americans. The tired slogans and empty promises will not bring more jobs and certainty to our nation’s economy. The House has acted on behalf of the American people and will continue to work in your best interest.”