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Blackburn Statement in Response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address


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Blackburn Statement in Response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement Tuesday night in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.

“Each year, the President comes to this hallowed chamber and gives to us an update on the State of the Union. Unfortunately, President Obama’s outreach to Congress over the past five years has started and ended there. Tonight, President Obama’s update was less of a vision for the legislative year to come and more of a threat to Congress. President Obama casually told the American people that he would gladly move around Congress, around their elected Representatives, and around the Constitution to unilaterally enact more of his own failed policies because it’s easier than reaching across the aisle to achieve the bipartisanship and transparency he promised. The President alone should not be allowed to serve as the sole judge and jury when deciding the policies of our country.

“For years this administration has embraced the mantra that you have to pass legislation so you can find out what’s truly in it. Now the President is telling the American people that we must allow him to sign executive orders before we can all see what impact they will have on American jobs, our borders and civil liberties. It is past time that the President and his administration finally roll up their sleeves and work with the representatives of the American people.

“President Obama and I do agree on one thing- Washington should work better. Unfortunately, tonight was more of the same failed big-government policies from President Obama. The past years have shown that fast government action, including an $800 billion stimulus package, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and a regulation-happy bureaucracy, does more to halt lasting jobs growth than sustain it. That’s why I’m continuing to fight for common sense legislation that will get the government out of the way of America’s job creators. When America grows sustainable jobs, we grow the middle class; we lower unemployment; we grow the economy; and we grow the very industries that will create more jobs.

“When I was elected to serve the 7th Congressional District, I took an oath to bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution. President Obama is not royalty or a celebrity. He must work within the rules and laws of our country. If the President is serious about his plans for a better America, a stronger middle class, and greater opportunity, then he might want to do more than hold the people’s House hostage.”

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