Tuesday night U.S. 3rd District Rep. Marlin Stutzman offered the following response to the president’s State of the Union address:
“Over the past four years, President Obama has championed more government and less freedom. We’ve seen the result. Washington’s cycle of payouts, deficit spending, and tax hikes have put our country $16 trillion in debt and our men and women in uniform face devastating cuts to our national defense in just a few weeks.
“Instead of proposing solutions to tackle our nation’s problems, the president continues his drive to increase dependency on the federal government. His agenda, from raising taxes to universal health care to restricting the right to keep and bear arms expands Washington at the expense of Hoosiers.
“Unfortunately, there was no indication tonight that the President is willing to change course.
“Americans can ill afford the same failed policies of borrowing, spending and bailouts of the past six years. Our nation’s strength isn’t found in Washington. It’s found in the common sense, values and freedoms that Americans live out each day. Washington could learn by watching how we balance budgets in Indiana. House Republicans are ready to work toward real solutions that empower families, unleash the creativity of entrepreneurs, and save the American dream for generations to come.”