WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the below statement regarding the President's State of the Union address.
"The problems the President decried tonight have grown far worse as a direct result of his policies. Now he is threatening to double down on those failed policies with unilateral executive fiats that may exceed his constitutional and legal authority.
"The President overstated the extent of the economy's recovery under his policies. In fact, the labor force participation is at its lowest point in 35 years because more and more people have become so discouraged with our dismal job market that they have given up looking for work in the Obama economy. Median family income is down by $2,000 since he took office. And the very income inequality the President spoke of has exploded under his leadership, so that today there is a wider gap than there was under President Bush and even prior to the Great Depression in 1928.
"There are ways to create jobs and a more robust economy where all incomes rise - for women and men, upper and lower income, everyone. For instance, I have a bill with Democratic Senator Menendez to help small business grow and hire workers. I support tax reform that would spur economic growth and enable American workers to compete successfully against foreign workers.
"From 2007 to 2012, the places that saw median household income grow were predominantly energy producing areas. Let's approve the Keystone XL pipeline which would create many jobs for Pennsylvania-based contractors and suppliers and allow the production of oil and gas on more federal lands to diminish our dependence on foreign energy.
"I am glad President Obama stressed the need for Trade Promotion Authority tonight. On a bipartisan basis, we must allow the President to complete trade deals that will open up foreign markets for Pennsylvania exports. While we disagree on other economic issues, I am reassured that our President remains committed to maintaining America's role as a global trade leader.
"I remain eager to work with the President on this issue and other efforts that will grow our economy."