The Republican State Leadership Committee’s elected officials of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC), Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA), Republican Secretary of State Committee (RSSC) and the Future Majority Caucus (FMC) offer the following statements in response to tonight’s State of the Union Address.
Republican Attorneys General Association Chairman General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma:
"For the past four years, President Obama has taken every opportunity to expand government and bypass the courts and Congress to get what he wants. From spearheading the takeover of our health care system to imposing oppressive and costly legal and environmental regulations on American businesses and citizens, it is no wonder that our economy remains stalled, and that our people continue to struggle to find good jobs. What we heard from the President tonight was not a change in course from the failed policies of his first term, but instead an unveiled promise to continue and attack our basic freedoms. Republican attorneys general remain committed to supporting constitutional, free-market policies that provide opportunities for our nation’s hard-working, ingenious citizens and their families to get our economy moving again."
Republican Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Committee Chairman Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger of North Carolina:
"President Obama's fifth State of the Union address still finds America suffering from stagnant economy, persistent unemployment and utter dysfunction in Washington. As state legislative leaders, we are required to pass budgets that are balanced and on time - it would do well for President Obama to submit a budget and attempt to do the same. Since the recession started, Republicans at the state level have cut unnecessary spending to live within our means- this is how every day Americans manage their family budgets, and they expect the same from their elected officials. Unfortunately, under President Obama's leadership, federal spending has far exceeded revenue, resulting in massive deficits and burgeoning federal debt. This is unsustainable and if the president needs ideas on how to create a working budget we welcome him to look to the 26 states under full Republican legislative control."
Republican Lieutenant Governors Association Executive Committee Chairman Brian Krolicki of Nevada:
"Tonight, President Obama offered America more of the same policies that have crippled our economy and plunged our nation into recession. Our national unemployment rate is nearly 8% - higher than it was when the President took office - and our national debt is over $16 trillion, practically doubled in only four short years. Lieutenant Governors are spearheading stateside efforts to get our economy back on track. We would have welcomed a serious and thoughtful plan from the president addressing the devastating policies that are making it more difficult for hardworking families across the country to put food on the table, send their kids to college, make their mortgage payments and live the full promise of the American Dream."
Republican Secretary of State Committee Chair Secretary Delbert Hosemann of Mississippi:
“No election official likes voting delays. They like individuals who are not qualified to vote casting a ballot even less. Constitutional rights of States to determine the voting process is an original cornerstone which should not be removed. Sustainable employment will be stimulated and supported by individual investment, not foreign debt. As Americans, we must rely on ourselves for education and job creation. They are irretrievably linked.
Representative Monica Youngblood of New Mexico on behalf of the chairs of the Future Majority Caucus:
“The president's policies of bigger government and more spending hasn't worked. Unfortunately, Americans of minority backgrounds have been hit the hardest, with the unemployment rate among Hispanics at nearly 10% nationally. We hope the president will get serious about tackling our deficits and debt, so that small businesses can once again grow and create good jobs to help put more Americans from all backgrounds back to work."
About the RSLC
The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect down-ballot, state-level Republican officeholders. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates to the office of lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state legislator. The RSLC has more than 100,000 donors in all 50 states. In the 2011-2012 election cycle, the RSLC invested in 42 states, breaking previous fundraising and political spending records, set in 2009-2010, with an increase in fundraising by 28 percent to $39 million and an increase in direct political spending by 35 percent to $27 million. This cycle’s effort picked up six new legislative chambers, saw a net gain in 30 chambers, created or expanded 16 Republican supermajorities and picked up two new attorneys general. Additionally, the RSLC successfully launched the Future Majority Project, spending more than $5.5 million in direct support of Republican candidates of Hispanic descent and women, and investing to expand digital outreach efforts to millennial voters. To learn more about the RSLC, please visit www.RSLC.com or follow @RSLC on Twitter.