WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released this statement following tonight’s State of the Union address and Republican address to the nation:

“Four years after the president first addressed a joint session of Congress, Americans are still asking, ‘where are the jobs?’   Tonight, he offered them little more than more of the same ‘stimulus’ policies that have failed to fix our economy and put Americans back to work. We cannot grow the middle class and foster job creation by growing government and raising taxes. Washington has a spending problem that threatens the prosperity of every child, every family, and every small business in America.  The president had an opportunity to offer a solution tonight, and he let it slip by.  We are only weeks away from the devastating consequences of the president’s sequester, and he failed to offer the cuts needed to replace it. In the last election, voters chose divided government which offers a mandate only to work together to find common ground.  The president, instead, appears to have chosen a go-it-alone approach to pursue his liberal agenda.  

“Senator Rubio rose to the occasion tonight and presented a positive alternative to the American middle class.  His vision for growth, opportunity, and prosperity is rooted in the understanding that it is our people, not our government, that continues to give us confidence in America’s future.”