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U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union speech:

“After seven years in office, the president still has a long list of challenges that the future holds for our nation. What he won’t say is that many of the challenges we must overcome are of his making. His policies have put our country deeper in debt and led to the slowest job recovery since World War II. They’ve weakened our standing on the world stage and empowered international terrorism, such as ISIS. They’ve trampled on the constitutional rights of every citizen by enabling over regulation and increased government intrusion into our daily lives. We do have some big challenges ahead, but we need a new direction and a new president with a different vision to lead us to a better future.

“In the last year the new Congress has shown what real solutions and leadership look like with the passage of a balanced budget, multi-year highway bill, education reform bill, trade promotion, and more. Unfortunately, in his last year in office looking to cement his legacy, President Obama is more willing than ever to push his agenda on the American people by circumventing Congress with constitutionally questionable executive actions. That is not what confidence in the American people looks like.

“The president talks about hope and confidence in the American people. His actions, however, put the power in the hands of the EPA, IRS, HHS and the administrators of federal programs and new rules. I’m hopeful that people have had enough of the federal government dictating what kind of food they should eat, where they should get their health care, what is OK to say or how you can practice your religious beliefs. America is better off when Americans are making their own decisions about what’s best for their families.”