Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Roskam Statement on 2015 State of the Union Address

Jan 20, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address:

“In November, the American people sent a clear message that Washington gridlock and business as usual must end. The new Republican majority in Congress responded immediately by passing bipartisan bills to reduce barriers to job creation and help families keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. Yet tonight, President Obama pushed for a $320 billion tax hike on everything from investments to middle class college savings accounts—all in order to pay for more Washington spending. The President also restated his intention to veto bipartisan Iran sanctions legislation that would strengthen the Administration’s negotiating leverage with the Islamic Republic. He simultaneously failed to lay out a strategy to defeat ISIS and other religious extremists threatening our national security. Unfortunately, the speech we heard tonight reflects a president whose focus is squarely on a political legacy and not on the commonsense policies that will strengthen families, grow our economy, and build on the common ground we all have as Americans. Our country deserves so much better. Over the next two years, this Republican Congress will work on lasting reforms that will make our tax code, our healthcare system, and our economy work better for every American.”