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Neb. representatives react to State of the Union

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Nebraska's state representatives in the Capitol have mixed reaction when it comes to President Obama's State of the Union address.

Sen. Mike Johanns released in a statement: "President Obama talked a lot about creating jobs and expanding the middle class - goals shared by both parties - but actions speak louder than words. The same big-government philosophy of the last five years won't get us where we need to be. Big brother doesn't create jobs; it creates red tape and debt. We saw it with the so-called stimulus and we've seen it with Obamacare."

Sen. Johanns added that by working together, a stronger union can be left for future generations.

Other state representatives released statements late Tuesday night.

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says he thought overall it was "an aspirational, optimistic, and forward looking speech."

Congressman Fortenberry added the President's threat of using his own power in spite of congress unnecessarily diminished the more uplifting portions of the address.

Sen. Deb Fischer echoed that together, the government can make more of a difference in the president's second term.

"It is my expectation, and the expectation of Nebraskans, that the president will work with – not around – congress to pursue common ground. The President has his ‘pen' and his ‘phone,' but he also has a duty to abide by the constitution he swore to protect and defend."

Congressman Adrian Smith expressed his disappointment in the President's address, saying "The President should respect -- rather than undermine -- the checks and balances established by the founders of our nation."

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