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Words vs. Actions: Rep. Barton Reacts to President's State of the Union Address


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis/Arlington) released the following statement after President Obama delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday night:

"I thought the President gave a very good speech tonight rhetorically; the problem is his administration's actions don't back up his words. He talked about increased oil production, but his administration has banned oil exploration on many federal lands and production is actually down 40% in those areas since he took office. The President's EPA have tried to over regulate hydraulic fracturing and during his speech tonight he was taking credit for the abundance of affordable, clean burning natural gas created by that process. There seems to be a disconnect between his words and his deeds.

"On some things, we are united with the President -- defense of our country overseas and trying to maintain and restore our manufacturing base. We will also work with the President on trying to restructure, reform and downsize our federal government -- if he is serious about it.

"The problem is, even when he says things that you support or believe in, you don't really know what President Obama is going to do.

"In terms of style, I would give him and A. In terms of substance, I would probably give him a C. And in terms of results -- I give him an incomplete while we wait to see what he does in the next year."

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