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Kline on the State of the Union Address

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address:

Tonight we heard from a president who seems more concerned with building his legacy than building a better future for our country. No speech can convince the American people we are heading in the right direction. They are living every day with the consequences of the president’s flawed policies, from stagnant wages and higher health care costs to a sluggish economy and a shortage of full-time jobs. The president wants us to accept the failed status quo as the new normal, and this evening’s address was just the latest sales pitch.

The American people know we can do better, and that our best days are ahead if we place more faith in them and less faith in Washington. That’s precisely the approach we took in our effort to improve K-12 education, and now we have a new law that empowers parents, teachers, and local school leaders to deliver the quality education every child deserves. It’s time we applied the same approach to other pressing priorities, whether it’s helping workers plan for retirement, making college more affordable, or protecting small businesses.

We have shown what’s possible when we work together on behalf of the people we are elected to serve. I urge the president to join us as we work to help all Americans achieve the prosperity they deserve.

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