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Republican Congressman Duffy hopes President is sincere about goals


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAU) -- President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech is drawing reaction from members of Congress on both sides of the isle, and it’s not all bad.

Wisconsin’s 7th District Republican Representative Sean Duffy may be cautiously optimistic, but says he was heartened by many portions of the President’s speech that struck a bipartisan tone. “He talked about entrepreneurship and small businesses, investing in natural gas, and reducing regulations so we can build out our natural gas infrastructure, and he talked about making sure we have programs in place to make sure American workers have the skills necessary to get jobs in the current workforce. All of those were really good things.”

Congressman Duffy realizes that the President and Republicans have been opposed either in goals or how to achieve goals since President Obama took office, but Duffy is optimistic both sides can come together on several of the President’s talking points. “I’m always a glass-is-half-full kind of guy. I hope he means it, and I hope we can get some of these things done.”

Obama spoke about improving the natural gas infrastructure, which Duffy supports, but Duffy was disappointed the President skipped over another major energy project. “He did talk about reducing regulations for our natural gas buildout. I didn’t hear him say anything about the Keystone Pipeline, which I would have loved to hear him say.”

Duffy admitted taking notes during President Obama’s speech, and that several of the President’s goals should be achievable because of bipartisan support. When asked which one issue he would like to discuss with Obama first, Duffy didn’t hesitate to answer. “Tax reform is big. I think if we can get tax reform done, and the things that he was talking about that are things we can buy into, that’s important.”

(Listen to our interview with Congressman Sean Duffy after the President's State of The Union speech on our website, here.)