Bono Mack Statement on the President’s State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C.

Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s first State of the Union address:

“It is clear that Americans are facing many challenges and that Washington leadership needs to step up and make hardworking families – not government – their highest priority, and I was disappointed that the President did not lay out a clear plan to create jobs and strengthen our economy,” said Bono Mack.

“Instead of wasteful federal spending of taxpayer dollars and an endless expansion of government programs, we need pro-growth policies that get Americans back to work. The American spirit is as strong as ever, and given opportunity we can face and overcome any challenge that comes our way.

“The American people are tired of out-of-control federal spending, bailouts and the overreach of government into critical issues like health care.

“We need solutions that will empower small businesses and create jobs, not bigger government and more restrictions that hamstring businesses and impede the entrepreneurial spirit.

“While families across America have been cutting costs and making ends meet, Washington has continued on an all-out spending binge – and I am pleased that the President recognized that such irresponsible behavior cannot continue.

“I remain committed to enacting responsible health care policy that will make quality health care more affordable and more accessible, without enacting a one-size-fits-all government-run program. The negotiations on this legislation must allow the input of the American people and not be held behind closed doors.

“Our nation is facing threats from around the world, and it is critical that we remain vigilant in our efforts to safeguard our national security. And those who serve and protect our nation and the values we hold dear – our military family and professionals in the intelligence community are most deserving of our continued support and respect for all they are doing.

“I hope the President will support his lofty rhetoric with a more detailed plan that addresses the very serious challenges facing our nation. Unfortunately, we did not hear that plan tonight.”