"Minnesotans won't settle for business as usual from Washington'
John Kline's Statement in Response to President's State of the Union Address
Minnesota Congressman John Kline issued the following statement tonight in response to the President’s State of the Union address.
WASHINGTON – Minnesota Congressman John Kline issued the following statement tonight in response to the President’s State of the Union address:
“Tonight we heard from a President who seems more concerned with building his legacy than building a better future for our country. The President wants us to accept the failed status quo as the new normal, and this evening’s address was just the latest sales pitch. While others may be content with the status quo, Minnesotans I hear from won’t settle for business as usual from Washington.
“Fortunately, they know we can do better. The American people know our best days are ahead if we place more faith in them and less faith in Washington. That’s precisely the approach we took in our effort to improve K-12 education, and now we have a new law that empowers parents, teachers, and local school leaders to deliver the quality education every child deserves. It’s time we applied the same approach to other pressing priorities, whether it’s helping workers plan for retirement, making college more affordable, or protecting small businesses. We have shown what’s possible when we work together on behalf of the people we are elected to serve. I urge the President to join us as we work to help all Americans achieve the prosperity they deserve.
“Finally, I continue to be disappointed in the President’s refusal to change course and develop a comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIS and Islamist terrorists. As we are seeing repeatedly around the world, ISIS is a determined terrorist organization using the fear they create to further radicalize and recruit. The Administration’s strategic void abroad left by an unwillingness to assert strong leadership is having consequences overseas and here at home.”
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John Kline is the Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Kline, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, also serves on the House Armed Services Committee. He and his wife, Vicky, live in Burnsville.