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January 24, 2012

Johanns Statement on President’s State of the Union Address

“I too am ready to work with anyone in an effort to find solutions to the problems facing our country, and I hope the President’s future actions will be more constructive to that end than his past policies.”

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) tonight issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address:

“We need to work together to reduce our debt, loosen the chokehold regulations have on our economy, and help people on Main Street be more successful.  Tonight’s speech started with a lot of lofty rhetoric, some of which I agree with like innovative Community College programs to train workers and removing burdensome regulations.  We have, however, heard lofty rhetoric from this President in the past that just hasn’t matched his policies of big government, more spending and higher taxes. Only time will tell if that will be the case once again. 

“I also welcome expanding our domestic energy reserves, but those promises ring hollow just days after his hasty rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Not revisiting that decision tonight was a missed opportunity to create tens of thousands of American jobs and decrease our dependence on unfriendly energy sources.

“I too am ready to work with anyone in an effort to find solutions to the problems facing our country, and I hope the President’s future actions will be more constructive to that end than his past policies.”

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