Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Bucshon, Coats Hear 'Nothing New' in Speech

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Bucshon, Coats Hear 'Nothing New' in Speech

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Hours before President Obama took the podium Tuesday for his fifth State of the Union address, local Republican Congressman Larry Bucshon said he wanted to hear more than "political rhetoric" and "traditional liberal talking points" from the Democratic president. Moments after the president's address, Bucshon said, "I didn't hear anything new, and I don't see anything that has shown that this president recognizes that his policies aren't working."

Indiana Sen. Dan Coats also rebuked Obama for a divisive speech that Coats said was chock-full of empty rhetoric.

"It's the results that count; not the rhetoric," said Coats, a Republican elected in 2010. "There's still a lot of talk about, 'Washington knows best. Implement these programs and we will get results.' After five years we haven't got results."

Also striking out against the president's rhetoric, Republican Congressman John Shimkus, who represents portions of Southern Illinois along the Wabash River, said in a statement that he disagreed with the president's proposed agenda, and said Obama had a more liberal, activist tone in this year's address.

Since he was first elected in 2010, Bucshon has been a vocal opponent of many of the president's proposed policies, especially the Affordable Care Act. Bucshon focused on the state of the economy, which he said has not improved well enough under Obama.

"The economy is not growing because of uncertainty from this president about taxation, about regulation and the health care law," said Bucshon, who's seeking re-election in November.

Official unemployment in December was at 6.7 percent, the lowest since November 2008. However, when accounting for those who have stopped searching for a job or settled on part-time work, that puts the jobless rate at 13.1 percent - slightly better than last December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. …

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