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tv   Senator Thune on the State of the Union  CSPAN  January 12, 2016 7:53pm-8:03pm EST

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democrats are willing to work with them. the issues we have been able to pass with exception have been issues we should have passed years ago. we could not because the republicans filibustered every we tried to do. we have a lot more to do for the american people. it is a wonderful country and i am pleased with the progress we made during the seven years of barack obama. >> this raises the question of what it takes of the union. the strength and spirit of the american people remain a beacon of hope for the future, our country is facing a number of serious charges. global unrest is growing over the course of the president's administration with the rise of isis most noticeable. we experienced the worst
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economic recover with stagnant wages and millions dropping out of the labor force is a lasting trademark of the obamacare. the american families are seeing their dreams of the future erode as they struggle under burden and the lack of economic activity. any serious discussion of the state of the union needs to address the challenges and solutions. that is the kind of speech, mr. president, i wish we were going to hear tonight. but unfortunately, all indicators suggest that is not the speech the president plans to give. instead, the president apparently intends to take a victory lap despite the fact that the american people clearly don't think that there is much to celebrate. a recent new york times cbs news poll found that 68% of the american people think our country is on the wrong track. and most americans believe that the next generation.
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i quote, we have made extraordinary progress on the path to a stronger country and a brighter future end quote. mr. president, that is not how the american people are feeling. the president plans to talk about his susuppopposed economi success tonight. but the economy has never fully rebounded. wage growth continues to lag. december marked the 77th straight month in which year over year wage growth was at or below 2.5%. under employment continues to be a problem. millions of americans working two jobs because they cannot find full-time work. the percentage of americans
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working full-time has still not returned to prerecession levels. the most commonly mentioned unemployment rate is 5%. the u 6-unemployment rate that measures the number of both unemployed workers and underemployed workers is 9.9%. of the unemployed those who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more make up 26%. in labor force participation records remain low. stagnation has become the new normal for the obama administration. in addition to the lack of economic opportunity, families have had to show renewed burdens thanks to the obamacare administration. chief among these is obamacare, the president's health care law that failed to reduce the cost and ripped away millions of
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americans preferred plans and forced families on to insurance plans they don't want and can't afford, gives patients access to doctors and hospitals, increased taxes, and wasted billions of taxpayer dollars. then there are the burdensome regulations the obama administration imposed that made it more challenges for businesses large and small to grow and create jobs. the environmental agency p-- environmental protection agencies has implemented one damaging rule after another. from backdoor energy tax that hurts poor and working families the most to a new rule that would subject puddles in american's backyards to a complex array of burdensome and regulatory requirements. again and again, i have heard
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from south dakota ranch owners about the difficulties they are facing thanks to the obama's epa new regulations. you will redefine leadership. the white house says we can show the world what is possible when america truly leads. republicans couldn't agree more that america should truly lead. the problem is that the president's first seven years in office have been distinguished by a lack of leadership. fellow president and formal democrat, jimmy carter,
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described obama's success on the world's stage as i quote minimal and going on to quote he said i cannot think of many nations in the world where we have a better relationship now than we did when he took over. that again from former democratic president jimmy carter. mr. president, neither can i. the white house claims the president has ended two wars but neglects to mention since the u.s. withdraw from iraq large sections of the country have descended into chaos. he didn't do anything with assad used chemical weapons on his own people. assad is in power and isis continues to try. the attacks in november, isis
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expanded their work in the middle east. as long as isis continues to exist, its ideology will encoura encourage minds to create terror. ... foreign policy front, the president has repeatedly touted his nuclear deal with iran as one of the major foreign policy achievements of his presidency. yet, the agreement he signed actually improves -- improves iran's long-term prospects for developing a bomb. and in a clear violation of u.n. restrictions, iran recently tested a ballistic missile, demonstrating once again that it has in no way curbed its aggressive behavior. elsewhere russian aggression has increased on the president's watch. in north korea recently
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conducted yet another nuclear test. mr. president, the obama administration has left the american people with a host of american people with a host of mr. president the obama administration has left the american people but once again it sounds like president obama state of the union address will offer substandard solution. more than that it sounds as the president will largely ignore the problems and that is unfortunate. the president is missing an opportunity to offer substantive solutions before turning the problems of his administration over to his successors. mr. president i don't want to give credence to the obama administration's accusations of republicans all doom and gloom. as i said i believe the strength of this. of the american people mean the future of america is always bright. realizing that future requires understanding and developing solutions to the problems facing our nation and that something the president has been unwilling
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to do. mr. president republicans worked hard over the past year to make our economy stronger, our government more efficient and accountable and our nation and our world safer and more secure. but there is a lot more work that needs to be done and we as a partner in the white house is willing to meet us halfway. we hope that presently use his last year of his presidency to work with us as we seek to address the challenges that are facing the american people. mr. president i yield the floor. >> mr. president tonight is the president of the united states will offer his last state of the union speech and one that i know we will all be listening carefully to but i couldn't help but reflect on the first speech he gave to the joint session of congress back in 2009 shortly after his inauguration. it was a hopeful speech. it was an opti

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