Sen. Richard Burr issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

“President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight sounded a lot like rhetoric we have heard from him in years past, but as we have learned, actions speak louder than words.  It is time for the President to stop lecturing Congress and face the facts – his policies have failed, and they are making our economy worse.  Our national debt is at an all time high, unemployment is rampant, and federal spending threatens to bankrupt our entitlement programs and will bury the next generation of Americans in debt. 

“Many of the challenges the President addressed tonight are the direct result of expanding the size and scope of the federal government and increasing the debt limit in hopes of putting our economy back on the right track.  However, as families in North Carolina and across the nation know, throwing money at our problems is not the way to address our economic issues.  

“Words alone will not turn our economy around and put America back on the right track.  I hope the President will work with Congress to reform our entitlement programs so they are viable for future generations of Americans and fix our tax code so that we can promote job creation, encourage economic growth, and provide a prosperous, fiscally sound future for American families.”