Jan 20 2015

Shelby Reacts to State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, DC, Tuesday, January 20, 2015 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress:

“Tonight’s address from President Obama was once again heavy on rhetoric and light on real solutions for families and businesses across the nation.  Voters sent a strong message in November that they are dissatisfied with the growing role of government in their lives, yet the President failed to discuss his plans to work with Republicans in Congress on addressing these important concerns.

“The President’s address tonight did not include plans to rescind his decision to circumvent Congress and unilaterally grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.  It failed to outline a way to provide the American people with relief from the destructive impacts of Obamacare.  We also did not hear about his plans to enact policies that will reenergize the private sector and encourage job growth or to work with Republicans on common sense ideas to boost our nation’s energy independence such as allowing construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  

 “I believe that Alabamians – and all Americans – deserve better than more of the same failed tax and spend policies from this Administration. That is why I urge President Obama to join us in supporting policies that get Washington out of the way and create economic conditions to give the American people an opportunity to succeed.”