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Congressman Bruce Poliquin

Representing the 2nd District of Maine

Poliquin’s Statement on the President’s Final State of the Union Address

January 12, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Tonight, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address to a Joint Session of Congress.  Maine’s Second District Congressman, Bruce Poliquin, released the following statement:


“The President gave his final State of the Union address at a critical time in our Nation’s history,” said Congressman Poliquin.  “We need a leader and Commander-in-Chief that is willing to work with Congress to help create more jobs and to keep Americans safe.  We need a leader that is committed to getting our Servicemen and Servicewomen the health care and benefits that they have earned and deserve, during and after their service to our Country.  We need a leader that not only will openly identify one of the greatest threats to our national security—the Islamic State or ISIS—but will take action to decimate that enemy.  We need a leader that will stand up for our American values and protect our Constitutional rights.


“Unfortunately, we heard none of that in the President’s remarks tonight.  Instead, we just heard more of the same commitments to failed policies.  The President is insistent on maintaining some of the most flawed parts of ObamaCare, a health care law that has had devastating effects on families in Maine and has crippled our local businesses.  The President has made clear his intent on attacking law-abiding citizens and blaming our Second Amendment right for terror attacks on American soil.  He also demonstrated, once again, his misunderstanding of the national security threats that our Nation faces today by doubling-down on his position to close Guantanamo Bay and to proceed with a dangerous nuclear deal with Iran, the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism.


“I am glad the President mentioned the opioid and heroin crisis that is ravaging our country, especially our communities in Maine.   Just yesterday, I joined my colleagues on the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic during a briefing to discuss the effectiveness of heroin treatment.  This is a critical, bipartisan issue and I am glad the President has brought national attention to it tonight.


“I stand ready, as do many of my colleagues in Congress, to work with the President to get the most important work done for our Nation and for the American People.  I hope that during his final year in office, the President and Congress can work together to create more jobs and to keep Americans safe.”