January 31st, 2014
This past week the President addressed a joint session of Congress to deliver his State of the Union address and I was quite disappointed with his direction for the year. Congress was able to come together this year in the best interest of the American people by passing a budget, important appropriations bills and the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) to name some of the bipartisan legislation.
WRRDA is a bill that was formed in the subcommittee that I chair and was written with ideas from each side of the aisle. This legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support with a vote of 417 to 3. The President chose to leave these instances out of his speech and has chosen to work without Congress to achieve his agenda. The President also touted achievements that were not to his credit, such as deficit reduction. The President took credit for work Congress and House Republicans had pushed so hard for. If we had not taken a stand and continued on the spending path the President had laid out in budgets and tax hikes, we would be spending much more.
About a week before the State of the Union the President said, “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.” This comment was made while he explained to his Cabinet that Congress is redundant and his agenda can be accomplished without them. This sentiment was demonstrated clearly during the State of the Union. The President refuses to accept the roles clearly outlined by the Constitution. He repeatedly disregards Congress and instead focuses on his own agenda, declaring war on the Constitution.
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. Instead of back door deals resulting in harmful policy decisions, the American people deserve an open conversation on how we can create jobs and boost the economy.
With the President choosing to abide by his own rules, he leaves Congress out of the decision making process only to hurt American families. The House has passed dozens of bills to help put Americans back to work and prepare them for the workforce. These pro- jobs bills are collecting dust on Harry Reid’s desk. The President stressed the importance of coming together for the American people, but going behind the backs of the people Americans elected is a far cry from bipartisanship. I hope that in future the President will choose to work with Congress for the best outcome of our country.
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