Roskam Discusses State of the Union Expectations on CNBC, Bloomberg

From the office of Rep. Peter Roskam (R, Illinois 6th District)…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg to discuss President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union Address.

The Country Needs More than President Obama’s ‘Empty Promises’

BLOOMBERG: “The country needs an economy that’s growing and dynamic. In my district in suburban Chicago, people aren’t so much concerned about what the other guy’s doing, they want to make sure that there’s a job for them and there’s an opportunity for them. What we’ve seen so far is flat rhetoric and empty promises coming out of the White House and lost opportunities.”

On How President Obama Could Unite the Country:

CNBC: “There is an unbelievable opportunity that President Obama has. And that is the country is anxious for bipartisanship, they are anxious for solutions, there is a high level of anxiety about the economic situation and there are great opportunities to move forward. But what we are getting signaled out of the White House is that the President is not going to take advantage of that opportunity. He could come in and say ‘let’s move ahead on Keystone, let’s work ahead with unions and business, bring Republicans and Democrats together, let’s work toward energy dependence.’ It is a winning issue all the way around. He could bring people together around [tax reform], but the signals that we are getting is that it is going to sound largely like a political speech.”

Tax Reform Is the Bipartisan Solution Forward:

BLOOMBERG: “You have to deal with this from a spending point of view and what you’ve got to do is ultimately transform the tax code. That’s the remedy here. We’re not looking for gimmicks here, we’re looking for real solutions… If you look back at the 1986 Act, the last that the tax code was substantively reformed, it happened in an election year and the key was it took place under presidential leadership in divided government… Something is fundamentally wrong with the tax code and this is where you could have a transformational moment for the whole country to come together.”

On 1,000 Days Since the Senate Passed a Budget:

CNBC: “But instead what we have seen out of the Senate, as you know, no budget for 1000 days which suggests they don’t want to do the work. They would rather have the issue than try and substantively get something done. And I think that this is an incredible lost opportunity for President Obama. Look this is somebody whose approval rating a few years ago was in the low 70 percent. Now he’s squandered that and it is in the mid to low 40s.”

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