Wisconsin Senators comment on President Obama's State of the Union Address

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Here are the prepared statements from Republican Senator Ron Johnson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin.

First from Wisconsin's senior senator - Ron Johnson:

Tonight, America had the opportunity to watch President Obama give his SOTU. He paid lip service to job creation by including it as a top priority, but we’ve heard that broken record before.

Once again, his proposed solution was increased spending. He called it investment. He proposed paying for it by increasing taxes or simply putting it on the national credit card. You know, the one that already has a balance of $16.4T

This is what President Obama calls his balanced approach. He’ll grow the federal government and the American people will get to send more of their hard-earned money to Washington. That’s the role he expects you to play in his balanced plan.

He takes credit for being so compassionate, and you, your children and grandchildren will pick up the tab.

Now, he’ll claim it’s just those rich, selfish folks, certainly not you who’ll be asked to pay their fair share.
But that’s not true. During his first term, he raised taxes on every American. The trillion dollars in Obamacare taxes has just kicked in. It will hit every man, woman and child in America either directly through taxes on your health care plan or indirectly for higher prices for health care in general.

Higher taxes, increased spending, and more government control and intrusion into our lives. And not help our economy achieve its full growth and job creating potential, yet this is the path that President Obama has put America on.

The fact that median household income declined by more than $4500 during President Obama’s first term is grim evidence of the failure of his policies.

If President Obama really was serious about economic growth and job creation, he would starting working with Congress immediately to make America an attractive place for business investment and expansion.

He would push for pro-growth tax reform. Allow America to use its energy resources. Streamline regulations and develop a credible plan to stabilize our debt by reducing the rate of growth in Washington’s out-of-control spending.

We all want a prosperous nation where every American has the opportunity to build a good life for themselves and their family.

You achieve that goal by growing the private or productive sector of the economy, not government and its debt.

I continue to stand ready to work with anyone who’s willing to acknowledge the serious problems facing America and sit down with me in good faith to develop real solutions.

It is my sincere hope that willing partners sit down with me before it is too late.

Now remarks from Senator Tammy Baldwin:

"Tonight President Obama spoke directly to the American people about the need to put progress ahead of partisan politics. I was pleased to hear the President make a strong case for growing the economy, strengthening our middle class, and moving our country forward.

President Obama made clear the path we must take to build broad based economic growth and reduce our deficit without shortchanging our future. I applaud President Obama for renewing our commitment to creating a "Made in America" economy by investing in job training and job readiness for advanced manufacturing.

In order to compete with the rest of the world and create shared prosperity, we need to invest in innovation, science and research, and a 21st century American infrastructure, putting people to work rebuilding our roads, bridges and ports. I was particularly pleased to hear the President engage the American people to take a path forward that makes sure our budget reflects our values and priorities.

As President Obama said tonight, in order to build a strong middle class we must make it a priority to invest in education, with a focus on early education and affordable higher education for student and families, so we open the doors of opportunity to every child and equip hard working people with the skills they need to get ahead and realize their dreams."

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