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Congressman Conaway Calls on President Obama to Work with Republicans to Reduce the Deficit and Strengthen the Economy

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Washington, January 28, 2014 | comments

Congressman K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) released the following statement on the State of the Union:

“The President’s State of the Union address makes it clear that he has not learned the lessons of ObamaCare.  If he had worked with Republicans on ObamaCare, rather than insisting on going it alone, many of the ObamaCare problems could have been avoided.

“I oppose his decision to act unilaterally to raise the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors and his call for Congress to approve a broader increase in the federal minimum wage this year.  Increasing the federal minimum wage would make it expensive for businesses to hire new employees and hurt workers who have fewer skills, less experience, and limited education. There are more effective ways to increase wages for all hardworking Americans, such as eliminating unnecessary regulations, and improving job-training programs.

“Moreover, the President’s insistence on going around Congress is an insult to our Constitution’s system of checks and balances.  Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid is complicit in the President’s violation of the Constitution.

“During the past year, the House has passed numerous bills, doing everything from reforming patent laws to streamlining regulations, which would grow the economy and encourage companies to hire workers.  Senator Reid refuses to act on these bills.  In his speech the President should have called on Democrats in the Senate to act on these measures. 

“In his final two years in office the President should work with Republicans to rein in our federal deficit and strengthen our economy.” 

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