Area leaders respond to SOTU address

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Elected officials in Indiana have responded to President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

Below is the latest statements issued by elected officials, so far.

Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd):

“Americans don’t want empty slogans and bigger government. Over the past five years, families have paid a high price for this administration’s broken promises—smaller paychecks, health insurance cancellation letters, and fewer jobs. This isn’t what a recovery looks like but it’s the same, worn-out approach the President outlined tonight.

“House Republicans are offering an alternative. We’ve worked to empower families, expand opportunity, and end ObamaCare’s pain. We’ve passed dozens of jobs bills—many with bipartisan support—to help get Americans back to work. If President Obama is serious about making 2014 a year of action, he should call on his party’s leaders in the Senate to give these common-sense bills the up-or-down votes they deserve.”

Rep. Luke Messer (R-6th):

“The President’s policies put a Band-Aid over a gaping wound.  The President failed to acknowledge that under his administration real dollar wages have declined, and tonight we heard the same tired solutions that simply are not working: more government, more spending, more taxes, and more debt.  Those are not the answers to America’s future.

“We can all agree that someone working full time and playing by the rules should not live in poverty.  To fix this problem, we need a growing economy.  Too often, the President’s policies instead grow government, raise taxes and kill jobs.

“If the President truly wants to make 2014 ‘a year of action’ then we must address the very real issues facing our country—wage stagnation, government overreach and a lack of educational opportunities that will produce a skilled labor force ready to work in the 21st Century.

“I agree that 2014 should be ‘a year of action,’ but the kind of action we take matters.  It’s time to stop bickering and it’s time to stoplooking for quick-fixes.  Instead, we must work toward long-term solutions that move America forward.

“No government program can replace what a good job means for the future of a family or this great nation. “

Rep. Susan Brooks (R-5th):

“House Republicans know that 2014 is the year we must get Americans working again. We’re committed to pro-growth policies that will increase our workforce participation rate and ensure upward mobility for all Americans. We’re for streamlining and improving our inefficient workforce training system so people can attain the skills they need to earn jobs that pay higher wages. We’re for building the Keystone XL Pipeline because we know this important project means more hires today and lower energy costs tomorrow. We’re for an economy that gives everyone a fair chance to succeed.

Tonight, President Obama presented a vision that relies too heavily on government intervention in the private sector. It’s one that will impose unfair burdens on job creators and the hard working Americans they employ. I believe the majority of Americans want to see an economy with less government roadblocks standing in the way of success.

I look forward to the year ahead, and I urge the President to recognize that progress for the American people can be made by working with rather than around Congress.”

Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.):

“Rather than use this speech to unite our country, the president turned to more political division and even vowed to circumvent the people’s representatives to change existing law with the stroke of his pen.

“President Obama again demonstrated tonight that he is good at making promises, but Hoosiers know that promises don’t matter, actions do. The actions taken by his administration have led to increased spending, more taxes, job losses and a shrinking workforce. After five years of this failed strategy, it’s time for a new game plan and new ideas.

“I have put forward a 10-point plan – The Indiana Way – based on bipartisan ideas I gathered from Hoosiers that will strengthen Indiana and our country. Rather than ignore Republican solutions, the president must recognize that in a divided government our country needs a leader that will work with both parties to create the opportunities Americans deserve.”


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