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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch issued the following statement after tonight’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama to a joint session of Congress:

“Tonight’s speech was no different from those before it, with the president presenting his confused version of the realities and hardships facing the American people. President Obama used this, his final State of the Union address, as a victory lap to claim that seven years of increased spending, increased taxes, increased debt, and increased regulations have made America a better place to live. Idahoans know better.

 “President Obama tonight claimed to have made Americans safer during the rise of ISIS. On the contrary, his disinterest in a winning strategy to combat ISIS and his commitment to a very bad nuclear agreement with Iran leaves Americans in greater danger today than in recent memory.

 “The futures of our children and grandchildren are greatly imperiled after seven years of the Obama presidency. Tonight’s speech was a reiteration of the many bad policies and disasters that came out of this administration; and that it is not the ‘hope’ or ‘change’ that was promised. I look forward to turning the page in 374 days.”