Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address:
“President Obama’s final State of the Union address was a simply a highlight reel of the bad policies and executive overreach of the last seven years. Underneath the rhetoric and feel-good anecdotes the facts tell the real story: the United States is in a worse place today than it was seven years ago. Our economy is stagnant—nearly 16 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed, or have stopped looking for a job, and our hourly wage growth has been at a historic low for the past 6 years. And the President’s namesake accomplishment, Obamacare, is only adding to the problem. Arkansas families have seen their health insurance premiums sky rocket and businesses across the country are struggling to meet the regulatory burden of this massive law.
“To add insult to injury, President Obama’s foreign policy strategy has put our national security at risk and made America less safe. Under his watch, Iraq has gone from a decisive victory to the breeding ground for one of the most aggressive terrorist groups in history, the Islamic State. He’s taken critical tools away from our intelligence officials at a time when we face heightened threat levels. And he struck a deal with Iran that effectively gives one of the world’s most dangerous regimes carte blanche to develop a nuclear weapon.
“And from tonight’s address it doesn’t sound like President Obama’s done yet. Over the course of the next year, he plans to wage an all out assault on the second amendment rights of Arkansans and all Americans. He will use executive fiat to force through changes that blur the legal lines of gun laws and intimidate individuals from exercising their right to buy or sell a firearm. His blatant disregard for our Constitution is astounding.
“The President talked about how decisions made today will impact the next generation—and he’s not wrong. I just hope the next generation can fix these mistakes sooner rather than later.”