WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- A New York congressman Saturday said President Barack Obama's high-profile healthcare and economic stimulus plans had already proven to be failures.
Rep. Chris Lee, R-N.Y., said in the Republican response to the president's weekly radio and Internet address that the "Washington does more talking than listening" and was not willing to make necessary cuts in government spending.
"President Obama and Democrats in Washington should listen to the American people, who want us to work together on common-sense solutions to stop the spending spree and focus on helping manufacturers and small
businesses create jobs," said Lee. "A responsible budget would be a good place to start."
Lee touted Republican proposals to end congressional earmarks, cap spending and lower the deficit.
Lee represents the suburbs of Buffalo, a city Obama visited earlier this week to pitch job creation. But, Lee said, the high national debt needed to be tackled in order to restore business confidence and head off "job-killing tax hikes."