U.S. Senator Richard Burr issued the following statement regarding President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress and the nation:
"I fully intend to consider all of the suggestions the President laid out in his speech tonight before Congress. Those that achieve the threshold of stability and predictability businesses have insisted they need to invest in job creation will live for a more extensive debate in Congress. Those that are just a repackaged temporary program should be and will be discarded. This is not about how much Washington can spend, but how we create a common-sense partnership with businesses to grow our economy.
"The best thing Washington can do for our economy is to cut through the red tape that is hampering innovation and reform the punitive tax code that is stifling job growth."