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January 30, 2014

Local elected officials respond to State of the Union address

Republican United States Reps. Jackie Walorski and Marlin Stutzman issued statements following President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, as did Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats. U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, did not issue a statement after the address. The responses of Walorski, Stutzman and Coats follow:

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski

“Washington must agree on policies to reduce reckless spending and address the real drivers of our national debt, which stands at a catastrophic $17.3 trillion and counting. Hoosier families know that a budget that balances creates jobs. Each month, our families sit around the kitchen table and make tough choices to keep a budget, and Washington must do the same. That’s why I introduced a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution as my first sponsored resolution in Congress, and I intend to keep working toward this goal in 2014.

“As I have said before, Washington truly needs a dose of Hoosier common sense. I share your frustration with partisan politics and stall tactics that have rammed large bills through Congress at the last minute, jeopardizing certainty for the American people. Instead, I will focus on working across the aisle on smart, straightforward legislation to solve our fiscal problems and strengthen the work force.”

“Congress still needs to pass a comprehensive farm bill, approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, invest in energy independence, reduce taxes on small businesses, and continue to request oversight and accountability from government agencies to cut waste and maximize your tax dollars. I know that Hoosiers are eager for Congress to find common ground and agree on balanced policies to advance energy independence, lower taxes, and strengthen the work force. Please know that I will be at the table to help all Americans get their fair shot at the American dream, complete with the chance to work hard, do well, and pass on better opportunities to our children.”

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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