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Shuster Statement in Response to the State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON – Congressman Shuster released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“Tonight's State of the Union speech was more of the same from a president whose failed policies have resulted in high unemployment, a loss of American jobs, and massive debt. Instead of signaling that he would be willing to work across the aisle to address these problems, President Obama simply doubled down on his plan to keep increasing the size of government through executive action.

I have seen firsthand just how damaging President Obama’s policies have been. Across Pennsylvania’s 9thDistrict, families are still struggling to get by. They continue to be burdened by the harmful effects of Obamacare and from onerous regulations that are forcing businesses all across the country to reduce or lay off employees. Just last week I visited the Hatfield’s Ferry Coal Plant, a plant that closed in my district due to the skyrocketing costs of President Obama’s endless EPA regulations. The plant had already invested millions of dollars in environmental protection measures, yet was still forced to shut its doors due to arbitrary new EPA rules. Hundreds of jobs were lost, and the community continues to suffer as a result.

President Obama seems committed to imposing his reckless agenda on the American people. But the president is wrong if he thinks he can simply go around Congress and write the laws himself. The president is a former Constitutional law professor and I expected him to respect the separation of powers and to not circumvent Congressional authority. But time and again he has shown us the complete opposite, and a lack of respect for our laws.

We do not need out of touch bureaucrats in Washington creating endless regulations with no consideration of the cost or real world impacts. Throughout my time in Congress I have fought hard to be a voice for the people of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Regardless of the president’s speech tonight, I will continue this fight to protect our Congressional authority and to protect my constituents from more overreaching, burdensome regulations.”