Johanns, Smith, say more spending is not the answer

(Senator Mike Johanns )

Members of Nebraska's Congressional delegation say President Obama's State of the Union speech did not address the hard choices Congress must make to control spending and reduce the county's massive $16 trillion debt.

Senator Mike Johanns said the President was right to acknowledge we have a serious financial problem but said the solution isn't taxing more. Johanns said Congress has to make "the hard choices of entitlement reform to ensure those benefits are around for future generations."

He also said the list of programs outlined by the President amounted to "a rallying cry for more spending, more taxes and more government."

Third District Congressman Adrian Smith said the President seemed to double down on the same tax, spending, and regulatory policies which he says " have failed to create adequate economic growth and which have added trillions of dollars to the national debt."

Smith said he was "glad the President spoke about the need for tax reform" But he added "tax reform should not be a money grab, but rather a comprehensive review and simplification of the entire code to make compliance easier and to encourage economic growth."

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