Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“I agree with the president that we must focus on policies that strengthen middle class families. Median household income has dropped $4,000 since 2009, 350,000 Americans have stopped looking for work, and healthcare costs are rising – instead of declining, as promised – for far too many Nebraskans. I’m ready to work with the president and any of my colleagues willing to try a new direction to jumpstart our economy – that means focusing on the private sector. Growing government isn’t the answer. Recent Gallup polling suggests two-thirds of the American people are concerned with the size and scope of the federal government. Middle class families aren’t asking government for a hand up – they’re just asking that government stop holding them down. 

“We can immediately get to work on a number of bipartisan initiatives. These include repealing the medical device tax, passing comprehensive tax reform, protecting the privacy of American citizens, promoting free trade, and addressing the reams of red tape holding back entrepreneurs and innovators. 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.”