(WASHINGTON, D.C.) "Tonight the President laid out his vision for how to address the problems facing Americans.  The President commented that income inequality is growing stating, ‘too many people are still not working,’ and that we need to rise above the rancor in Washington.  I agree. 

Unfortunately, the more the President talks about income inequality the more income inequality we seem to get. Unemployment remains high and the economic recovery remains unacceptably slow. Meanwhile, Washington has never been more divided.

The President should not look for creative ways to subvert Congress to address these challenges.  He should reach out and work constructively with those of us who put forward solutions and are willing to work with anyone, regardless of party affiliation, to solve problems and advance our great nation.

We have opportunities to work together – if the President is willing.  We can encourage domestic energy production to create jobs, reform and repeal provisions of the President's health care law that are destroying jobs, make the tax code simpler and fairer, and focus on improving the education of our children to make them better prepared for the 21st century job market.

Our nation faces many difficult challenges, but these challenges are nothing we haven’t overcome before or can’t overcome now – with responsible leaders working to solve the problems facing the American people."