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Indiana Lawmakers Respond To State Of The Union

Indiana Republicans take issue with President Obama's stance on financial reform in Tuesday's State of the Union.

Andre Carson

Photo: Aaron Bernstein/University Communications

Rep. Andre Carson (D-7th) defended the President's stances as state GOP officials attacked them.

Indiana Republicans say they’re skeptical about financial reform following Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

In an official statement Tuesday night, Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats said that he was pleased to see President Obama turn his focus back to the ongoing job crisis, but was disappointed by the President’s call for higher taxes to support more government spending.

“This is certainly not the ‘balanced’ approach the president has been promising the American people,” Coats’ statement says. “If the president was as committed to reducing the debt and growing the economy as he is to spending and taxing, our country would be in a much stronger position today.”

Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) suggested in his official statement that the president’s plans rely too much 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,” Stutzman says.  “Americans can ill afford (sic) the same failed policies of borrowing, spending and bailouts of the past six years.”

A statement from Rep. André Carson (D-7th) also noted the urgent need for economic reform, particularly when it comes to job creation and deficit reduction.

“These are immense challenges that present dire consequences if we fail to act,” Carson says. 

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