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Representative Mike Coffman

Representing the 6th District of COLORADO

Coffman Statement on the State of the Union Address

Jan 29, 2014
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) issued the below statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

"Unfortunately, the State of the Union address has deteriorated into a sort of partisan pep rally, so I frankly don't put a whole lot of stock into it one way or the other.  

On the positive side, I appreciated the President's promise to expand resources and treatment options for returning veterans wrestling with the dark horrors of combat. Senator Udall and I will continue to work together in a bipartisan fashion on the issue of PTSD in particular. Taking care of our warriors is not a partisan issue, it is a patriotic duty. 

On the other hand, the President's partisan chest thumping over his demands for more government spending and mandates as the panacea to all of our problems rings hollow. If not for Obamacare and the reckless spending of the last ten plus years, this economy wouldn't be in the sputtering malaise that it is. I came from a middle class family, so I know in a very personal way, the best way to give Americans a ladder of opportunity is to grow the nation's jobs base. 

The impediment to working families right now is the president's own policies, starting with Obamacare and continuing all the way down the line."