Politicians had things to say about Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech — some had lots of things to say.
Here are the abbreviated quotes from those representing Illinois and Missouri.
“Tonight we heard President Obama make the case for an economy that grows from the middle-out, not the top-down. The president spoke about an American economy based on manufacturing and built by the most skilled, best paid, workers in the world. He also urged Congress to invest in the things that will make America stronger, smarter and more prepared for the future – clean energy, education and infrastructure.” — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
“I share the president’s optimism that America’s brightest days are ahead of us. His willingness to improve economic stability should start with bipartisan proposals, like the shared pain of the entire Simpson-Bowles plan, not just a piece of it. If we can put aside our political differences and work together to pass a long-term solution, we would avoid the pending sequester and send a strong signal to our creditors that America remains a stable place to conduct business.” — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.
“We already know the biggest challenges facing our country, but we also already know the obstacles. As the president pointed out, tackling the debt in a comprehensive, balanced way would unleash enough capital to boost jobs in every sector of the economy. Missouri needs those jobs, and our families and businesses need economic certainty. But we get nowhere without bipartisan compromise, and elected officials have got to give a little, so everyone can get a lot.” — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
“So, let’s get back to reality. This was the eighth time in four years the president said ‘it’s now time to focus on the economy.’ Darn right it’s time to focus on the economy — and on private sector jobs that pay the bill. Government jobs are fine, but government jobs don’t pay the bill – they are the bill. We need to focus on the private sector, on energy, on job creation – that really will help make America what America can be.” — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
“It was refreshing to hear the President lavish attention on the need to move our economy forward. What frustrates me and so many others is the lack of emphasis on job creation during his first four years in office.
“Instead, we got ObamaCare, tax increases, Dodd/Frank regulations, and mountains of more regulatory burden on the backs of hard working taxpayers.” — U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria.
“The president did not outline the path to a strong economic recovery that our nation needs to hear. Despite last quarter’s economic contraction and last month’s unemployment increase, President Obama holds to a tax-and-spend agenda that is destructive to economic growth. Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem, and American small businesses and families should not be expected to foot the bill.” — U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Tarkio, Mo.