WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address:
“This is yet another missed opportunity. President Obama has a chance to work with Congress in areas where we can find common ground. We are ready, willing and able to do so and I believe there are ample opportunities for us to get things done for the American people. However, the tone the President struck seems to indicate that he is focused on what he wants, not what the American people want.”
“Tax reform is a perfect example of an issue that the American people are calling on Washington to address, where we can indeed find common ground, and instead the President proposes more of the same rate hikes that failed time and time again. We are pushing for true reform that makes the tax code fair, simple and reduces the burden for working Americans while creating an environment where the economy can flourish. We can make that happen with constructive cooperation, but we need everybody to come to the table.”
“Americans voted for change last November, but the President’s speech unfortunately was more of the same, raising taxes to create more government programs as opposed to making the programs we already have work efficiently and effectively. Arkansans have been forced to cut their spending significantly last few years because of the President’s economic policies. They want Washington to do the same thing.”
Earlier in the day, Boozman spoke on the Senate floor about how President Obama could use this opportunity to change the culture of Washington and work with Congress to make Washington work for the American people, not foster more gridlock.