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:

“The State of the Union is a chance to start anew, but all the president offered tonight is more taxes, more government, and more of the same approach that has failed middle-class families.  These aren’t just the wrong policies, they’re the wrong priorities: growing Washington’s bureaucracy instead of America’s economy. 

“To Americans looking for the real reform and bold solutions they voted for in November, I would point them to Joni Ernst’s address, in which she talked about the need to fix our tax code, balance our budget, and replace the health care law with solutions that will lower costs and protect jobs.   To lay the foundation for this work, we have already advanced several jobs bills based on areas of bipartisan agreement, including building the Keystone XL pipeline. 

“Finding common ground is what the American people sent us here to do, but you wouldn’t know it from the president’s speech tonight.  While veto threats and unserious proposals may make for good political theater, they will not distract this new American Congress from our focus on the people's priorities.”