Hoosier Legislators Weigh in on State of The Union

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As expected, members of the Indiana Congressional delegation are reacting along party lines to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-8) says the President continues to work around Congress and is failing to deliver on promises of more affordable health care and jobs. Andr? Carson (D-7) says the speech lays out objectives such as pre-kindergarten programs and raising the minimum wage that can help lead to a "robust" economy. You can view the President's remarks by clicking here.

Representative Jackie Walorski (R-2) says the Affordable Care Act and other federal programs are creating more "red tape" for business growth.

You can view her video response by clicking here.

Source: The Office of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

January 28, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman issued the following statement this evening, following the President's State of the Union address.

"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."

Source: The Office of Congressman Marlin Stutzman

January 28, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Todd Rokita released the following video statement tonight in response to the President's State of the Union address.

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"With Americans worse off by every objective measure than when he took office, I hoped that the President would have at least acknowledged tonight that many of his policies have failed, and demonstrate leadership by changing course. Instead, we heard more divisive class warfare, and more promises to continue the tax, spend and regulate agenda that is killing jobs and disproportionately hurting Americans at the lower end of the economic ladder. Most troubling, we heard the President promise to bypass Constitutional checks and balances entirely and govern by executive decree.

We are fighting for all people so that they can build better lives for themselves and their families. Our ideas are the best way to help the greatest number of people. Over 40 House-passed jobs bills sit untouched on Harry Reid's desk. Jobs, spending and health care will continue to be our policy priorities and I will continue to do everything I can to hold the President accountable for his troubling efforts to bypass our Constitution and the rule of law."

Source: Office of Representative Todd Rokita

January 28, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN5) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

"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."

For more information on the GOP jobs agenda, go to www.gop.gov/jobs. For more information on Congresswoman Brooks, please visit www.SusanWBrooks.house.gov.

Source: The Office of Congresswoman Susan Brooks

January 28, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Congressman Luke Messer responded to the President's fifth State of the Union address. Rep. Messer called on the President to focus his policy efforts in 2014 on the real problems facing our nation including wage stagnation, government overreach and lack of educational opportunity:

"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 stop looking 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."

For a link to the video, follow link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMDYrl1s77c&list=UU9NKMvZuY2koTf1iVurxicw&feature=c4-overview

Source: The Office of Representative Luke Messer'

January 28, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Andr? Carson issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

Our country has long been defined by the determination of the American people to redefine their future through education and hard work. Regrettably, as our wealth gap grows and unemployment remains high, this fundamental American goal is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve.

Tonight, President Obama laid out a vision for the future of our country that overcomes these obstacles and once again puts the American dream in reach for all Americans. He made clear that by raising the minimum wage, expanding access to quality education from pre-K to college, and increasing domestic manufacturing, we can move towards a robust economy that will mean real opportunity for our families and communities.

The President also rightly called out our lack of progress on critical issues like job creation, education, immigration, and tax reform. I am hopeful that his call to action will be a wakeup call for those in Congress who focus on political games instead of finding real solutions to our nation’s problems.

Despite our political and economic struggles, I agree with President Obama that