Chris Lee Calls Himself A 'Willing Partner,' To A Point

Republican Congressman Chris Lee is out with a preemptive response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, pledging to work with the president to cut the federal budget and create jobs.

“We need to closely examine our spending and I am hopeful that President Obama will work with Congress to tighten Washington’s belt,” the congressman from Western New York said in a statement.

Lee praised the president’s “renewed commitment” to job training and economic growth, but stressed that his willingness to work with the president only extends so far.

“If the President is willing to work with us to grow Western New York and our private sector while shrinking Washington, he will have a willing partner in me,” Lee said. “But the fact of the matter is we were sent to Congress to get the job done, shrink Washington and create jobs, and we have no time to waste.”

Lee’s statement included a photo of the state’s upstate delegation, which is taking the bipartisan seating challenge as an opportunity to all sit together tonight.

Here’s the full release:

Congressman Chris Lee Comments on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Lawmaker Says Administration Needs to Focus on Cutting Government Spending and Strengthening the Economy to Create Jobs

WASHINGTON – Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) today issued the following statement in response to this evening’s State of the Union address by President Obama:

“I appreciate President Obama coming to the Capitol this evening to address Congress and the American People on the many issues facing our nation. With unemployment remaining near double digits and our national debt topping $14 trillion, job creation and fiscal responsibility must be our number one issues. We need to closely examine our spending and I am hopeful that President Obama will work with Congress to tighten Washington’s belt.

“I commend the President’s renewed commitment to workforce training and strengthening American competitiveness. American workers can compete with anyone in the world, but they need a level playing field with foreign economies. I look forward to working with the President and my colleagues to strengthen American manufacturing, create jobs and make America more competitive in the world. If the President is willing to work with us to grow Western New York and our private sector while shrinking Washington, he will have a willing partner in me. But the fact of the matter is we were sent to Congress to get the job done, shrink Washington and create jobs, and we have no time to waste.”

Lee planned to sit with several of his New York State counterparts from both sides of the aisle (a photo of the group is below).

Congressman Chris Lee serves on the Ways and Means Committee and is in his second term representing New York’s 26th Congressional District. To learn more, please visitwww.chrislee.house.gov.

Chris Lee Calls Himself A 'Willing Partner,' To A Point