Michigan Lawmakers React To State Of The Union

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Local lawmakers are reacting to President Obama’s State of the Union address. The president spoke about bringing troops home and strengthening the economy, among other topics.

“Nothing I am proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime,” the president said Tuesday night. “It is not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad based growth.”

Democratic senator Carl Levin called the speech powerful and effective in a statement.

“He called on us to put the nation’s interest before partisan interest in order to avoid the damaging automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect in just a few weeks,” Levin said. “I applaud his call for a bipartisan, balanced approach that avoids the damage those cuts would do to our national security and important priorities here at home such as education and health care.”

On the other side of the aisle, Republican congressman Fred Upton of St. Joseph said in a statement that it’s important for our country to start operating more efficiently.

“Further, we owe it to our children and grandchildren to get our nation back on track to a balanced budget,” Upton said. ” It is time for a renewed era of fiscal responsibility that breaks from the historic deficits of years past.

Republican congressman Tim Walberg of the seventh district said he was disappointed that the president continues to call for more spending.

“We need to build a healthy economy to help hardworking taxpayers by making government live within its means and pursuing tax reform to encourage small business job creation and bring jobs back to America,” Walberg said in a statement.

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  • Cindy

    Horrible summary of last nights State of the Union. Did you only watch 10 minutes of this? what about the comment that we have gotten more oil from ourselves now than in the last 20 years, and 5 minutes later he says the same thing, but in the last 15 years, which is it? then the comment about equal pay for women, serious, how is he going to do that? or how the cost of going to college has been going down with the creation of more grants and financial aid…..but then talking about saddling these grads with unsustainable debt, So we need to create jobs so the Middle class can thrive, because in my opinion it is middle class, but most of it is lower middle class. Also the trade agreements with Europe? fair trade? what side of his mouth was he talking out of?

  • 2013worldseries

    What, raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour? Apparently the president did not get the message from a local business man's wife (who will remain nameless) that Michigan workers are already overpaid. Politicians and the women behind them, ya gotta love 'em.