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Rep. Young Comments on the State of the Union

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement tonight in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“I appreciate the President’s acknowledgment that our economy needs to be built on American manufacturing and American energy. It’s about time! Unfortunately, it’s the Obama Administration as well as Washington’s addiction to regulation that has crippled American manufacturing and stifled American energy development. Jobs aren’t being sent overseas due to a lack of willing American workers or the quality of the American worker; we’re losing jobs because we have a Federal government that is simply too big and is preoccupied with regulating people’s lives and taxing them to death.

“This Administration’s energy policy is simple – ‘smoke and mirrors.’ The President can talk as much as he wants about how his Administration has increased domestic oil production, but it is simply not true. Much of the oil being drilled in this nation today is on private land or is in large part due to the policies and hard work of previous Administrations. The state of Alaska is all too familiar with the Obama Administration’s attack on domestic energy production. Whenever we try and develop our resources, the Federal government – whether it’s the EPA or another agency – says ‘no way, no how.’  

“If the President is serious about creating high-paying jobs and getting this economy moving again, he will focus his efforts on cutting the burdensome regulations that are hampering our economy and stopping energy production and domestic manufacturing throughout America and put Americans to work.”

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