Idaho congressional delegation responds to State of the Union

Idaho congressional delegation responds to State of the Union
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens at right as President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Idaho's two U.S. senators and two representatives are responding to Tuesday's State of the Union address from President Obama.

Senator Mike Crapo

"Over the last four years, our national debt has increased $6 trillion to a massive $16.5 trillion," Crapo said.  "This spending spree needs to stop.  The President claims the actions taken in the last two years have nearly solved our fiscal crisis.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  In fact, the Congressional Budget Office recently issued a report stating that the United States is on an unsustainable fiscal path, pointing to spending as the cause.  Without a course correction, rising spending will fuel a $9 trillion increase in the gross debt, further slowing growth and hurting millions of Americans."

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Senator Jim Risch

"Not surprisingly, the president continued the theme from his inaugural address of more federal government involvement in all aspects of American life.  His view has always been to expand the federal reach and to spend more. He looks to enforce a far-left philosophy on all matters rather than focus on individual rights and responsibilities and recognizing, as our founding fathers did, the preeminent role the states have through their sovereign status.

Notwithstanding all of that, I stand ready to work with the president where we can agree to cut government spending, reduce the size and scope of government, stop the borrowing of money and preserve for our children and grandchildren the greatest nation on earth."

Representative Mike Simpson

"My disappointment in President Obama isn't necessarily with his words, it is with his actions. As he has done before, he spoke tonight about reforming our tax code and entitlement programs. Yet when his own deficit reduction commission issued its recommendations, he ran away from them. He talked once again tonight about embracing bi-partisan change, yet he rejected the bi-partisan budget solutions Speaker Boehner put before him last year.  He talked once again tonight about growing our economy, but is simultaneously threatening to circumvent the role of Congress in the issuance of new regulations. President Obama gives a good speech, but his actions rarely, if ever, match his words."

Representative Raul Labrador

"President Obama again laid out a vision of government where Washington, D.C. has the solutions to all of Idaho's problems. Over the last four years, the Obama administration spent nearly $1 trillion of taxpayer money on an economic stimulus package and promulgated regulations that stifled small businesses. The result is unemployment for January 2013 at 7.9% - higher than the 7.8% in January 2009.
 
"After four years of trying things the president's way, it's now absolutely clear government interference, spending and debt aren't the solution. They're the problem. Too many recent graduates are still out of work. And too many parents can't afford to buy houses and provide for their families. Life's been tough in the Obama economy.
 
"We create jobs by growing the economy - not growing the government. It's time to get the government out of the way and let the free market work."