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Nebraska's Leaders Respond to State of the Union Address

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President Barack Obama gave his first State of the Union address for his second term Tuesday evening.

Following the speech, Sen. Mike Johanns released a statement telling the president that Americans deserve change from the past four years.

He said, "Americans deserve better than what they've gotten the past four years. The stirring sound bites we have heard over that time amount to little more than calls for higher taxes and increased spending, but they lacked a clear picture how more of the same big-government policies would improve our economy or create jobs. 

Johanns added, "I hope the President is prepared to do more in his second term than pay lip service to bipartisanship and trade negotiations. If he is willing to work with Republicans, we are ready to work with him to find responsible, common-sense solutions."

Congressman Adrian Smith also had a response following the president's speech.

He accused the president of focusing on the same policies from the last four years instead of changing his approach to reduce the national debt and create positive economic growth.

Smith said, "President Obama seemed to double down on the same tax, spending, and regulatory policies which have failed to create adequate economic growth and which have added trillions of dollars to the national debt. Rather than repeating the failed policies of the past, American taxpayers, families, and job creators need Washington to take a different approach."

Smith said he would specifically like to see the president focus on tax reform that simplifies the entire tax code as well as bringing the budget to balance.

He said, "I am glad the President spoke about the need for tax reform. However, tax reform should not be a money grab, but rather a comprehensive review and simplification of the entire code to make compliance easier and to encourage economic growth. In addition, a balanced approach requires us to rein in spending, balance the budget, and begin to pay down our debt."



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