Ag State Lawmakers Respond Quickly to State of the Union Address

Shortly after President Obama finished his State of the Union Address - House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas expressed disappointment that the President didn't present a plan to prevent sequestration from going into effect. But Lucas also expressed hope that the President is serious about pursuing a plan to get the U.S. economy back on solid ground. To improve the economy - Lucas says President Obama must realize the federal government has a spending problem - not a revenue problem. According to Lucas - the only way to get a grip on the country's debt problem is to make significant cuts. He says raising taxes on hard-working American families is not the solution. Lucas adds that a healthy economy is key to creating jobs in the country. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley - a member of the Senate Ag Committee - says it's up to Washington to create an environment for job creation with tax certainty, regulatory relief, new market opportunities for exports, affordable and secure energy and more. Grassley says Americans also need bipartisan leadership on other big issues - and says broad-based bipartisan support should be the goal for initiatives like immigration reform. According to Grassley - the coming months will show if the President has what it takes to reach across party lines and tackle major issues facing the nation. Nebraska Senator and Ag Committee Member Mike Johanns also questioned whether President Obama will act - stating he hopes the President is prepared to do more in his second term than pay lip service to bipartisanship and trade negotiations.

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