Utah’s Congressional Delegation Responds to Obama

January 21, 2015
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obama state union(Undated)-Utah’s congressional delegation responded to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address with strong and immediate criticism. In remarks prior to the speech, social media posts during the address and responses issued afterward, Utah’s all-Republican representation accused the president of divisive politics and unrealistic tax proposals. In an extensive release following the address, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said the president’s speech failed to present the aggressive jobs agenda the nation needs.Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said in a video response issued Tuesday night that he appreciated the president’s acknowledgement the middle class is being “squeezed.” “But unfortunately, he has chosen to double down on the failed policies that have prevented so many Utahns and hardworking Americans from getting ahead in the first place,” Lee said.  Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, called the president’s speech “hyper-partisan and divisive.” “He’s asking for a $300 billion tax increase,” he said. “That’s just not going to happen. We’re not just one good tax increase away from prosperity in this nation.”Chaffetz, chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, said the president has failed to unite the country against terrorist threats.

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