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Sen. Cornyn: GOP expects State of the Union to be 'retread'

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The Texas senator also noted that the president's address would come on the 1,000th day since the last budget was passed by both chambers of Congress.

"Because Harry Reid will not allow a budget to come to the floor … we've still got the same problem we always had — runaway spending, a huge debt overhang, which is killing economic growth — in other words, jobs — and we've got a regulatory environment where we see a lot of overreach that is causing a lot of job creators to sit on the sidelines," Cornyn said.

Cornyn also complained that the media were unfairly characterizing Republicans as responsible for congressional intransigence.

"It does seem that the mainstream media is acting as a cheerleader for the president," Cornyn said.