Boehner Statement on the State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement in response to the president’s State of the Union Address and the Republican Address to the Nation.

“In one of the great traditions of our democracy, the president is invited to the House chamber each year to discuss how he and Congress can work together for the American people. After five years, President Obama is clearly out of ideas. With few bipartisan proposals, Americans heard a president more interested in advancing ideology than in solving the problems regular folks are talking about. Instead of our areas of common ground, the president focused too much on the things that divide us – many we’ve heard before – and warnings of unilateral action. The president must understand his power is limited by our constitution, and the authority he does have doesn’t add up to much for those without opportunity in this economy. The real answer for the president is to refocus his priorities and work with us on the things that we can achieve together to create jobs and promote greater opportunity: expanded markets for American exports, a solution to our broken immigration system, better skills and education programs, patent reform, new energy and water infrastructure, or any of the dozens of other House-passed bills awaiting action.

“Unlike the president, Cathy McMorris Rodgers delivered a personal message that transcended politics. She showed that when we focus on empowering people, rather than government, we can close the opportunity gap in America and allow people to meet their potential. She made clear that Republicans are not just the alternative party, but the party with better solutions. I applaud her for a job well done.”