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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) offered his reaction to the President’s State of the Union address:

“True leadership isn’t demanding everything you want. The best leaders collaborate with others and unify people to accomplish great things. We all know President Obama can give a speech, but when it comes to actually working with Congress to solve our nation’s problems, so far he’s shown that he’d rather threaten a veto than work out a solution.

I still believe that President Obama can work with Congress if he wants to. But that means abandoning economic policies that aim to divide rather than promote growth, opportunity, and job creation. That means stopping plans that require more regulation, more debt, and less freedom and instead working on policies that put power back in the hands of the American people. It means that achieving real border security doesn’t start next year, but is something we do right now. It also means facing the reality that the world is less safe, terrorism is on the rise, and America needs to lead with strength, clarity, and purpose.

“Congress wants to work with President Obama. But President Obama has to stop his go-it-alone approach and be willing to work with us.”