Kansas Republicans responded to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. In the speech, the President proposed to require millionaires to pay at least 30% of their income in taxes and to eliminate deductions that save companies money if they move jobs overseas.

He also proposed rewards, in the form of lower corporate rates, for businesses that manufacture and create jobs in the U.S.

Fourth District Congressman Mike Pompeo responded to the President in a statement:

“Last year in his state of the union address, the President promised to ‘win the future.’  However, throughout the year the President instead made constant reference to the evils of ‘corporate fat cat jet owners’ and worked diligently to try to divide Americans with age-old class warfare.  A year later, we look back on yet another 12 months marked by persistently high joblessness, ever-increasing regulation and spending-fueled debt that spirals ever higher.

“Tonight, we heard the President renew his call for ‘fairness’ and big government solutions to our current economic woes.  He also stated, ‘As long as I’m President, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum.  But I intend to fight obstruction with action…’ In reality, the House has been active all year passing pro-growth jobs bills, while the Democrat leaders in the Senate continue to obstruct every solution that has passed through the House. 

Additionally, President Obama said, ‘It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom:  No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts.  An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody.’  The problem is, on his watch he passed bailouts, provided handouts and failed to provide jobs and real results for Americans.  His rhetoric doesn’t match reality. 

“I agree with the President on one point.  An America that is ‘built to last’ does not ‘win the future’ with leadership that bloats the government, ratchets up unsustainable spending and worsens our national debt.

Kansans and Americans are fed up.  As we move into a year where we will have a Presidential election, I have no doubt that the responsibility for the dismal economic decisions made over the past three years will be placed appropriately.”

First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp also released a statement saying:

“President Obama is running from his record, but there is nowhere to hide,” Congressman Huelskamp said after the President’s State of the Union. “Three years after he took office, America is $4.6 trillion deeper in debt, 1.4 million fewer Americans are employed, and more Americans have to rely on the government to make ends meet. That’s not progress; that’s jeopardizing the American Dream.

Despite the rhetoric offered tonight, this President has shown nothing but contempt for American jobs, energy, and values. Cases-in-point include the Administration’s overregulation of energy and agriculture; denial of the Keystone permit that would create 20,000 jobs; and his continued antagonism toward the religious freedom of health care providers and our men and women in uniform, including chaplains.

The one thing not heard tonight was a call-to-action from the President to the Democrat-controlled Senate to pass a budget. Only once in the President’s term – 1,000 days ago to be exact – has the Senate fulfilled its duty to pass a budget for America.”

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts posted the following message on his Facebook account Tuesday night:

“I am ready to work with the President and the Democratic leadership in the Senate, but there has to be a blueprint. There has to be a plan forward. There has to be leadership and results. Tonight we heard a campaign speech.

Tonight I wish we had learned the details of a plan to reduce regulations hurting our small businesses, farmers and ranchers. I wish I heard the President tell how he would promote American businesses that create jobs like our general aviation companies in Wichita, the air capital of the world. Instead, we had a lot of campaign rhetoric –and as they say, you can’t take that to the bank.”