Indiana senators weigh in on State of the Union

The Hoosier senators will be playing close attention to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Both Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana) and Sen. Dan Coats (R-Indiana) said that economic recovery is a top priority. But, they differ on how to accomplish the task.

"The solution is not more government," Coats said. "The solution is getting a more disciplined, effective government like we have done in Indiana to give Hoosiers a surplus. I think they could learn a real lesson from what we have done in Indiana."

Donelly said he hopes to hear Obama push for initiatives like special jobs training to close the skills gap and make Americans more appealing to employers.

News of 34,000 troops returning home from Afghanistan broke Tuesday morning and President Obama is expected to touch on this during his address. The senators weighed in on what this means for American families.

"They don't want to stay there longer than they have to, they want to get the job done," Coats said. "They know the mission. They are on the ground and can make a better asessment than the people in DC. This should not be a political decision but made to ensure that everything we've done over the past decade doesn't go to waste."

On the other hand, Donnelly said it is time the responsibility of protecting Afghanistan goes back to the Afghans themselves.

"Those 34,000 should be here building America," Donnelly said. "We have in Afghanistan a force of Afghan soldiers that will be over 300,000. Our 34,000 men and women need to be building Logansport and South Bend, Indianapolis and Terre Haute."

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