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Sen. Begich Reacts to President’s State of the Union Address

U.S. Senator Mark Begich released the following statement regarding President Obama's State of the Union address:

"President Obama struck the right tone between optimism about America's future and determination about the enormous challenges our country faces, many of which he inherited. As he should have, he spent the most time addressing plans to help create jobs for Americans and get our economy back on track. That's been my focus the past year - with the Recovery Act, new Alaska oil and gas development and military base expansion - and is my priority for the future.

"I was especially heartened by his comments on the need for America's energy independence and clean energy. There's no better answer to those challenges than the Alaska natural gas pipeline, which will create thousands of American jobs and produce clean-burning energy here at home. Alaska's offshore oil and gas potential also hold enormous promise for meeting America's energy needs and the Obama administration already has given the green light to some development there.

"After the Senate couldn't muster enough votes to create a deficit commission earlier this week, I praise the President for tackling run-away federal spending. A freeze on some federal spending will be painful but necessary as we enact other reforms, including health care, which will reduce the deficit over the long term. To his credit, the President said he'll create a debt commission, which I strongly support.

"I join the President in saluting the enormous contributions of the military members serving our nation, including an estimated 30,000 Alaska-based service men and women. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I'll keep working to provide our troops the resources they need to keep Americans safe."

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