Goshen News, Goshen, IN

January 30, 2014

Local elected officials respond to State of the Union address

Goshen News

---- — 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.”

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman

“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 (Tuesday night).

“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.”

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats

“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 work force. 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.”