REACTION TO STATE OF THE UNION: "WE HAVE A BIG JOB TO DO HERE AT HOME," SAYS REP. MALONEY
"As he has done in each State of the Union, the President tonight paid lip service to some of our biggest challenges here at home. In a country that has lost about 3 million jobs since he took office - that's almost 2 jobs a minute - tax cuts and lip service alone aren't substitutes for sound economic strategy.
"We're in an economic crisis, a health care crisis and a security crisis. We've had enough with empty promises.
"Americans are asking us to do serious work to create jobs, instead of proposing what amounts to huge, new, misdirected tax cuts and a modest job-training program. We can better create jobs with incentives for manufacturers, with small business relief and with investment in highways and education - sensible, effective proposals that the President overlooks.
"The President also mentioned the health care crisis and the Medicare reform bill he signed into law last year. What he didn't mention was the huge $3,000 doughnut hole in the prescription drug benefit. What he didn't mention is the destruction of Medicare as we know it by forcing seniors into private plans. As a remedy, we should strengthen the Medicare Trust Fund through fiscal responsibility and give our seniors a real prescription drug benefit that covers them year-round.
"The president may claim success in the War on Terrorism, but he glosses over the huge security gaps right here in our homeland. From Iraq to New York, Americans are the bull's eye for terrorist attacks. I would have liked the President to explain why the New York firefighters' radios that didn't work on 9/11 still don't work today."