Senator Gardner Responds to the 2016 State of the Union

“The many challenges the United States is facing, both at home and abroad, know no partisan ideology. And our strategy to address them shouldn’t either.”

(Click here to watch my reaction to the State of the Union)


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner today released a video statement responding to President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address. His remarks, as prepared, read:

Tonight, I joined Coloradans and Americans across the country, hoping to hear President Obama outline a real strategy to strengthen our economy and our security, to hear a plan that would help job creators across this country hire and expand. I hoped to hear how the President would accomplish what he said during his first State of the Union he would accomplish - put partisanship aside, bring the country together, and work with Congress to address the biggest challenges facing our nation.  Instead, unfortunately, we heard more of the same, a failed reliance on bigger federal government and no new direction on the growing threat of terror.

The many challenges that the United States is facing both at home and abroad know no partisan ideology, and our strategy to address them shouldn’t either.  We must have solutions for everyday Americans, not just the favored beneficiaries of growing bureaucracies.  Solutions like my Four Corners plan work for all of us, not just some of us, and I hope the President will join me in pursuit of these solutions. 

Over the last two years, it has become increasingly clear that the President is unwilling to work with Congress and intends to act through executive orders to fulfill his campaign promises.

Throughout his presidency, President Obama has acted unilaterally to dramatically alter our country’s laws, while at the same time his Administration continues to cherry-pick statutes of existing laws to enforce.

Whether its changes to immigration, health care, or energy policy, the President continues to prioritize his agenda – disregarding our constitutional system of government and further propelling the ‘Washington knows best’ mentality that has failed time and time again.

On healthcare, the President continues to make significant changes to Obamacare, adding massive amounts of new spending and additional regulations to a law that doesn’t resemble the one he signed in 2010. The President is unwilling to admit what has become plainly true: that Obamacare just isn’t working, and that it’s time for a new approach. He should work with Congress on a better solution. 

On Guantanamo Bay, Congress has clearly spoken, and the American people do not want Guantanamo detainees transferred to the United States. Despite an explicit restriction in the law against such a transfer, President Obama has continued to expend taxpayer dollars on their transfer to the United States.

On gun control, the President has imposed new restrictions on gun rights.  All of these actions are at odds with the careful separation of powers established by our Constitution.

There’s no question that our country has made progress thanks to the incredible and unyielding spirit of the American people, but the road to a full recovery still lies ahead.

During his last year in the presidency, I urge President Obama to work with Congress – instead of against the people's representatives – to create more opportunities for Americans everywhere. A great America isn't re-invented.  Its reinvigorated with the American spirit, the exceptional American people, and the unyielding optimism of the United States of America. 




Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.