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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 28, 2014Contact: Andrea WaldockOffice: (202) 225-6511Cell: (202) 660-2617
WASHINGTON –Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, this evening issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union address:“Tonight, the president tried to convince us that our economy is better off today than it was when he first took office. However, our national debt is 18 trillion dollars and growing, the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act has proven disastrous, and executive overreach has become the new normal in Washington.“The president talks about “income inequality” but his policies have done nothing to help close that gap, much less spur the economy or create jobs. I believe the best way to address this divide is to put hardworking Americans back to work. We should invest in our small businesses, our infrastructure, and the next generation of our nation’s workforce. More government regulations will only add fuel to the fire, amplifying existing problems that our country cannot afford.“On immigration reform, I'm unconvinced that 'legal status' is anything less than the functional equivalent of amnesty. I've seen very little throughout this debate to assure me that we will permanently secure our borders. Failure to do so will repeat the mistakes of the 1986 amnesty law that gave birth to the illegal immigration crisis our country has faced for the last two decades.
“This past year Americans suffered countless broken promises from the president. If we hope to ensure equal opportunities for all Americans, a ‘pen and phone’ strategy is not the answer."