Here’s how members of Idaho’s Congressional delegation responded to President Obama’s state of the union address:
Sen. Jim Risch:
“President Obama used this, his final State of the Union address, as a victory lap to claim that seven years of increased spending, increased taxes, increased debt, and increased regulations have made America a better place to live. Idahoans know better
“President Obama tonight claimed to have made Americans safer during the rise of ISIS. On the contrary, his disinterest in a winning strategy to combat ISIS and his commitment to a very bad nuclear agreement with Iran leaves Americans in greater danger today than in recent memory.”
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Sen. Mike Crapo:
“Tonight, President Obama used his final State of the Union address to outline his vision and priorities for our country. But again, he continues to pursue more growth in government and more unrestrained spending. I have disagreed with many of the President’s initiatives during his presidency. But our failure to deal with our fiscal crisis is paramount. Over the last seven years we have seen an explosion of debt, an unprecedented growth of government and a restriction of our privacy and freedoms. Our national debt now exceeds $18.8 trillion. We cannot continue to ignore our debt and simply try to spend our way into prosperity with borrowed money.”
Rep. Mike Simpson:
“Instead of engaging Congress with a list of policy proposals we can work on together, the President chose to use the speech to lecture the nation on his agenda and his tired executive actions that continue to be blocked by our judicial branch. Noticeably absent from his speech was an acknowledgement that a mere 27 percent of Americans currently believe the country is headed in the right direction. Also noticeably absent was any mention of the crisis we face with regard to our national debt, with the President instead pronouncing new federal programs that would only add billions to it.”
Rep. Raul Labrador:
“The Obama administration has repeatedly undermined the Constitution and rule of law. They have targeted Americans’ First Amendment freedoms through the IRS, religious liberty through Obamacare, and Second Amendment rights through executive actions. Instead of attacking Americans’ liberties, the President should work with Congress to secure our borders and protect the country from terrorism.
“This year Congress must advance bold conservative ideas to help families who have seen job loss and stagnant income during the Obama presidency. We will fight for policies that simplify the tax code, reform our welfare system, and provide patient-centered healthcare in order to help these struggling families and give hope to millions of Americans who believe their leaders have forgotten them.”