Washington, DC –  Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) today released the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union address:

Americans know better than any Washington politician that the current state of our union is all but inspiring,” said Congressman Rice.  “As President Obama enters his sixth year as our country’s leader, we must carefully look at where our country is today.

Income Inequality

It is interesting the President plans to make income inequality one of his key points tonight when his policies are driving up income inequality nationwide,” Congressman Rice said.  “For wealthy American families, the median family income has increased. Yet for the average family, that average has dropped every year for the past five years.”

Job Creation

“Millions of Americans are currently out of work and looking for a job.  President Obama has repeatedly said he wants to get people back to work; but his energy policies have blocked the addition of hundreds of thousands of American jobs.  The President must double down on job creation and put forth policies—not rhetoric—that will get people back to work, ” said Rice.  

“Furthermore, the restrictions in the President’s Dodd-Frank legislation has cut off the financial help our small businesses—the largest employers of working class families—need to grow and expand,” said Congressman Rice.  

Expansion of Big Government

“Finally, President Obama’s expansion of big government has taken more and more money away from middle class families each year,” said Congressman Rice.  “The payroll tax cut expiration, high energy costs driven by the Administration’s War on Coal, and an increase in health care costs due to Obamacare, have cost American families hundreds of dollars a month.”

State of the Union By the Numbers:

·         Forty-seven million Americans are living in poverty today.

·         The Labor Force Participation is 62.8%, its lowest level since March 1978.

·         68% of Americans say the country is in the same place or worse off than it was when Obama took office.

·         5 million Americans have received insurance cancellation letters as a result of Obamacare.