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WIBC - Indiana Congressmen React to President Obama's Jobs Speech

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By Alex Brown

Indiana Congressmen React to President Obama's Jobs Speech.

8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon (R) says there were parts of the speech that were "more of the same" but other parts that he liked.

"One of the things I was really happy to see the President say is to recognize that some of our entitlement programs, specifically Medicare, are in financial trouble and that if we are to keep the program working for current seniors and future seniors, that the program's going to need some changes," Bucshon says.

Bucshon says he did have concerns about the raising of taxes in Obama's plan. He also has concerns for more government spending with the plan. However, he says he will wait for President Obama's proposal on how to pay for the plan.

7th District Congressman Andre Carson (D) says President Obama was "spot on" with his speech. However, Carson says he does have concerns as well.

"I'm concerned about opposition within the Congress all for the sake of political upmanship when we really should be focusing on getting Americans back to work," Carson says.

Carson says he was pleased to hear about what he called strategic tax cuts to small businesses to encourage hiring. He says he was glad to hear Obama address the "staggering unemployment rate among many Americans, particularly for me, of veterans who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan."

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