Omaha Public Radio News
8:49 am
Thu January 28, 2010

Nebraska lawmakers applaud call for bipartisanship, fiscal responsibility in State of the Union address

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson and Congressman Lee Terry are applauding President Barack Obama's call for fiscal responsibility and bipartisanship.

The President gave his first State of the Union address Wednesday night. In it, he urged Republicans and Democrats to bring any new ideas for health care reform to the table. President Obama wants a bipartisan fiscal commission, and is calling for a spending freeze for three years starting in 2011. That freeze would not affect spending on defense, Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security.

Senator Nelson says he's glad to hear the President is committed to bipartisanship, job creation and fiscal responsibility. Nelson says it's extremely important for Republicans and Democrats to work together on those issues.

In a statement, Congressman Terry says he supports the President's plans for a spending freeze. But he's concerned about adding to the national debt. Terry says lawmakers need to look for "fiscally sound" ways to get government back on track.