WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today responded to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, saying the president's lofty, campaign-style rhetoric doesn't match reality.
"Everyone knows President Obama is a gifted speaker, but too often his rhetoric doesn’t match reality. He brags about the unemployment rate, but fails to mention that participation in the labor force is at its lowest level since the 70s. He talks about income inequality, but won't acknowledge that his immigration and minimum wage proposals would undermine the middle class and working poor. He calls for 'action' on jobs, but ignores the more than 30 bi-partisan, House-passed jobs bills still stuck in the Senate.
“I was pleased to hear the President mention problems with our nation’s surveillance activities. There is no question reforms are needed to ensure we can gather vital intelligence to stop terrorists while also protecting the privacy of law-abiding Americans. And those reforms need to be enacted into law, not ordered by presidential pen stroke.
"It should concern all Americans – Republicans and Democrats – that the president is promising more unilateral executive actions that circumvent the Legislative Branch. Our system of checks and balances may not be convenient for President Obama's political agenda, but they exist to protect Americans from an encroaching federal government. I will not stand by and watch President Obama erode this country's constitutional separation of powers, and that's why I'm supporting the STOP Resolution to rein in executive overreaches."
Rep. Roby last week joined Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) by cosponsoring H. Res. 442, the STOP Resolution (Stop This Overreaching Presidency.) The legislation would seek the intervention of the Judicial Branch to rein in particularly egregious, unilateral Obama Administration actions that flout constitutional restraints on the Executive Branch. Read more about the STOP Resolution here: http://roby.house.gov/STOPres.