Hoeven Statement Following President Obama's Final State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress and the American people this evening:

“In his final address to the nation this year, President Obama spoke about his legacy and his commitment to expansive government, which means higher taxes, more regulation and more spending. The president spoke about working together, but to do that, he needs to work with Congress on initiatives that empower the American people.

“We need to focus on the fundamentals. That means we need to reduce the regulatory burden, reform and simplify the tax code and get our debt and deficit under control. We need to get back to limited government that empowers people. We also need to strongly support our military and defeat terrorism so that Americans feel safer both at home and abroad.

“These are the ways you create a dynamic economy, good jobs and a higher standard of living for all. These are the ways you make America more secure, and these will be our priorities in Congress over the next year.”