Read the full text of the State of the Union speech here
Missouri and Arkansas senators and representatives issued statements in response:
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) - "We've made a lot of progress these past few years, creating millions of jobs and pulling our economy out of the ditch-but there are an awful lot of commonsense ideas still sitting on the table that could build on that success, if elected leaders stop kowtowing to the political extremes and start working toward compromise to get things done. Raising the minimum wage for working families, building innovative private-public partnerships to invest in our roads and bridges, making the tax code fairer, and fixing our broken immigration system aren't partisan initiatives. They're commonsense goals that we should all be ready to rally behind to strengthen America's middle class families."
U.S. Rep. Billy Long (R-MO):
"The president and his administration like to say he has a pen and phone and is ready to act, but as a former constitutional law professor the president should understand there are three equal branches of government. If his proposals are worthwhile and will help the American people then he should be able to get Congress onboard. My colleagues and I will not rubberstamp an agenda that increases the reach of the government into our lives, increases spending and decreases liberty. We need a smaller, leaner government to help unleash the pent up economic growth that is vital to creating the jobs we need here at home."
U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO): "Tonight we heard President Obama's vision for America. The President believes more government and more executive action are the solutions to every problem facing our country. When I talk to folks back home in Missouri, they tell me big government is the problem, not the solution.
Families are burdened with excessive regulations. In the first 3 days of 2014, the Obama Administration posted 141 new regulations - 141 regulations in just 3 days. President Obama seems intent to regulate everything from how we meet our energy needs to when we are allowed to use rivers for Baptism services."
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) issued this "prebuttal" Tuesday, prior to the speech:
“If all he has to offer is more of the same, or if he refuses to acknowledge that his own policies have failed to work - the President is simply doing what many failed leaders have done before him: trying to set one group of Americans against another group of Americans,” the Missourian said. “We don’t need more class warfare, and we don’t need more interference from Washington. No government program can replace what a good job means for the future of a family.”
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR): "As Arkansas families are finding themselves cash-strapped because of increasing regulations including the compliance with higher premiums, deductibles and canceled health care coverage under Obamacare, the President continues to pick winners and losers and decides who has to follow the law. Congress is ready to act to institute real reforms and that begins with dismantling the Affordable Care Act and creating a health care system that is accessible, fair, affordable and flexible."
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