Here are some of the reactions to the President’s State of the Union Speech from members of the Kansas and Missouri Congressional delegations.
Kansas Senator Jerry Moran is leading the GOP effort to win control of the Senate.
“The President and Senate Democrats have done next to nothing to promote pro-growth policies that would truly help individuals reach their full potential.
Senate Democrats have prevented action on measures that could provide an immediate boost to the economy at little or no cost to the American taxpayer. Americans deserve better from their elected officials in Washington. Growing our economy, getting people back to work, and making certain all Americans have the ability to climb the ladder of success are all reasons why we seek a Republican majority in the Senate.”
Kansas Senator Pat Roberts is seeking re-election this year.
““We heard more of the same from the President: more taxes, more spending, more bypassing the Congress to enact his agenda, and more big government.
“After five years of these policies what do we have? We have Americans who have given up even looking for a job, businesses regulated to death and families burdened by Obamacare.
“And now the President wants to double down and continue to push this agenda through executive order and regulation.
“The only difference that I see now is that he is finally being upfront about it.
“I will continue to fight these orders and regulations and thinly disguised attempts to redistribute hard working Kansans’ income.”
Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill:
“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.”
Ks-2 Representative Lynn Jenkins is part of the House GOP Leadership. She was on the official escort committee that brought the President into the House Chamber.
“I know that consensus building is hard, but just because it is difficult does not mean the President is entitled to work around us instead of with us to lower health care costs, improve education, and help Americans take home more of their paychecks.
“In order to rebuild our American dream, Washington must rise above the dysfunction, put divisive rhetoric aside, and come together to do the right thing for our country. President Obama can spend the final years of his presidency with a “pen and a phone” or he can work with our duly-elected House Republican majority to create opportunity for all families, to foster upward mobility, and to deliver higher take-home pay to the American people.”
Missouri Congressman Sam Graves is the Chairman of the House Small Business Committee.
“The president spoke about income inequality tonight, but failed to mention his own role in making that gap wider. Five years into his presidency, the labor force participation rate is at its lowest point since the late 1970s. There are four million Americans who have been unemployed for at least six months, and another eight million Americans who are working part-time because they still cannot find a full-time job. Two of every five Americans say they are worse off financially than they were a year ago, according to a recent Gallup poll. The president’s policies have not helped. Yet year after year he proposes more big-government solutions that have never worked and will never work.”
Kansas City Democrat Emanuel Cleaver:
“This country was founded on the notion that if you work hard and play by the rules, you should have the opportunity to succeed,” Cleaver said. “It’s past time to make that happen. It is absurd for Members of Congress to dig into political positions and refuse to work in a bipartisan manner. It’s time to stop digging — and start building.”
Ks-3 Congressman Kevin Yoder represents Johnson and Wyandotte counties:
“Many of the President’s ideas require bigger government requiring more spending, higher taxes, and more burdensome mandates and regulations.
A growing government means shrinking opportunities.”
West Missouri Representative Vicky Hartzler:
“The President stated early in his speech that he believes the American people are united by the belief in opportunity for all – regardless of race or religion or party, young or old, rich or poor – and the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you get ahead. But if he really believes this, why doesn’t he get government out of the way to allow American individualism and ingenuity to flourish.”
Missouri Senator Roy Blint delivered the Republican weekend speech last Saturday. He says Senate Democrats are a big part of the problem.
He has a news conference with Missouri reporters on Wednesday.