U.S. Senator Ben Nelson released this statement to the press following the state of the Union address.
“Well, I was impressed with the President’s speech tonight, focusing on the importance of bipartisanship. We sat together, across the aisle, with no aisle to keep us apart. We acted appropriately at the President’s comments,” Senator Nelson said.
“I was equally interested in the fact that he pointed out how important biofuels and more research in biofuels would be. Relying on foreign sources of oil is not our future. Relying on own domestic production is the future.
“The final thing that I was focused on, that the President really hit hard, was about the debt. He understands that our national debt is something that needs to be brought down. We need to have a concerted effort from Republicans, Democrats, Independents and all Americans to try to reduce that debt, to control the growth and spending to make sure that we build an economy in America that is based on and is sustainable on what we have and what we want to produce in the future, not on imports and oil from other countries. Not on imports.
“He talked about building our own jobs, reducing unemployment in America by creating opportunities here in America for our American workers.
“So, I am very encouraged by what the President had to propose tonight and I hope that we can bring this together in the days ahead on a very strong bipartisan basis.”