Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) didn’t pull any punches when responding to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

In an official statement released today, Gowdy says the President, through a series of executive “power grabs,” has eroded the constitutional balance intended by our Founding Fathers.

“Last year, the President promised he would use his pen and phone to ignore the legislative branch and push through his agenda by executive fiat. We have witnessed one executive power grab after another, setting a dangerous precedent and eroding the constitutional balance set forward by our Founders.

“As the President himself once said, elections have consequences. The most recent one being he must work with the Republican-controlled Congress, rather than spout recycled, failed ideas from past speeches. Americans are looking for leadership. They want solutions. The President has the opportunity to put aside politics and engage with the new Congress. We hope he will.”