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Senator Coats' response to State of the Union Address

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Released excerpts from Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) on President Obama's State of the Union Address.

"Instead of detailing a plan to reduce the record-high debt, he outlined a liberal laundry list of new government programs and initiatives. I could almost hear the sound of a cash register in the background with every new program."

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"While I am pleased he finally turned his focus back to the ongoing jobs crisis in our country, I was left feeling very disappointed and frustrated that the President continued to call for higher taxes to pay for more and more government spending."

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"I don't believe the president acknowledges the seriousness of our debt and fiscal crisis. We are nearly $16.5 trillion in debt and $6 trillion of that debt is from the President's spending over the last four years. Under his administration, the national debt grew, not shrank, by $6 trillion– the largest increase of any presidency and he has four more years to go."

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"Instead of detailing a plan to reduce the record-high debt, he outlined a liberal laundry list of new government programs and initiatives. I could almost hear the sound of a cash register in the background with every new program."

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"Hoosiers and Americans across this country are taxed enough. Washington cannot keep asking hardworking Americans to dig deeper and pony up more money so that the federal government can spend more. The American people are not falling for that."

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"Mr. President, I urge you to focus on fixing our country's fiscal health. You don't do that by raising taxes. You do it by enacting bold spending reforms. You do it by reducing our debt.  You do it by creating a budget so we can live within our means. You do it by promoting pro-growth policies. This is how we strengthen America and grow. This is how we get Americans back to work."

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