“While we will look at each proposal the President promoted carefully, I was disappointed to hear him seek to divide our nation and to double down on policies of higher taxes, more spending, and a bigger federal government. The American people sent a clear message in November. They want us to end the partisan brinksmanship in Washington and work together to shrink our deficits, ease burdensome regulations, and make it easier for the everyday worker to climb the economic ladder towards a better-paying job.
“Unfortunately, the President laid out an agenda that will continue to stifle our economic growth and saddle our children and grandchildren with more debt. Raising taxes on savings and investment and in particular a new tax on family college savings accounts, will only slow our economy and make us even more dependent on the federal government.
“Kansans know that taxes are too high, that federal deficits are too large, and that while there may be plenty of high paying jobs in Washington, there aren’t enough at home in Kansas. We must work together to lower the tax burden on all Americans, stop the flow of new mandates and regulations that have made it harder on small businesses and American workers, the engines that drive our economy. We must promote and encourage savings and investment for the future.
“The House of Representatives will continue to rise to the challenge and stand up for the American people. We will continue to assemble broad – often bipartisan – coalitions to put forth bold solutions to our biggest problems. We hope the President will join us.”