U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) issued the following statement this evening in response to President Obama’s final State of the Union Address:

“Since President Obama’s first address, Americans have been hoping that the seven years of promises for hope, change, and economic recovery were more than just rhetoric. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Tonight’s remarks were no different; a reiteration of failed policies that sounded more like a campaign speech than a State of the Union address.”

“Republicans have time and time again asked the President to work with Congress on solutions to the challenges facing our nation at home and abroad. Instead, the Obama Administration has resorted to the use of executive orders, government mandates, and new regulations over and over again.”

“In a world that is becoming more and more dangerous, President Obama should come to terms with radical Islam and understand it cannot merely be “contained” while we wait for the election of the next president, but it must be defeated. From Paris to San Bernardino, from Philadelphia to Istanbul, it is clear that the United States must lead in this fight. It is imperative that we have a plan to solve this problem today. And I urge the President to work with us – not against us – so we can do what is best for our country.”