WASHINGTON – Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., released the following statement this evening, reacting to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address:
“Tonight we saw the President make a noticeable shift in tone. He put the economy front and center and I applaud him for doing so, yet it’s critical that we see a change in the agenda – not simply a change in rhetoric.
“West Virginians are hurting. Many have lost their jobs. And instead of seeing lawmakers foster an environment of job creation and economic security, they’ve seen Congress spend billions on a failed stimulus and push a trillion dollar health plan that will cut Medicare and raise taxes.
“Our constituents want to know that we’re listening to them, and they want to know that the President is listening to them too. They’re tired of a Washington agenda that’s pushing massive government programs – from health care to cap-and-trade – while the average family is simply trying to make ends meet and put food on the table. And they’re tired of seeing deficits as far as the eye can see.
“This past year alone we’ve seen record increases in discretionary spending. So while I appreciate the President’s call for a spending freeze, it’s important that we put it in perspective. His proposal is a start, but it’s far from a total solution.
“Simply put, the American people want to see a real focus on solutions that can impact their lives. I hope that’s where we can go as this year plays out.”