Congressman Thomas J. Rooney

Representing the 17th District of Florida

Rooney Statement on State of the Union

Jan 20, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Tom Rooney (FL-17) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“The message I heard from the voters in November was that they want us to work together to help grow our economy from the bottom up, increase opportunities for good jobs with good wages, and bring down the cost of things like health care, energy and education that are squeezing the middle class. Unfortunately, I do not believe the proposals President Obama outlined tonight will help achieve those goals.

“I wish the President would have used this opportunity to talk more about areas where we can work together, and less about veto threats and executive actions. We need to be charting a new course, not doubling down on the failed, rejected policies of higher taxes and greater debt to finance bigger government and new entitlements. President Obama seems to think the solution for the problems big government helped create is an even bigger government. I firmly disagree.

“Our majority in Congress will continue working on common-sense solutions to help grow our economy, create an environment where small businesses can succeed and hire new workers, fix our broken tax code, and tackle the long-term drivers of our debt, entitlements. I hope the President meant it when he said he will seek out and listen to our ideas – that would be a refreshing change, and we’ll welcome the chance to work with him. But we will not abandon the voters who sent us here to fight for smaller government, lower debt and more opportunity; we will not cede more power to Washington over the American individual and family; and we will not stand for an executive branch that ignores the Congress, Constitution and rule of law.”