MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - President Barack Obama spent Tuesday evening issuing his State of the State Address. Here is reaction from Alabama representatives WSFA 12 News has been able to contact.
Congressman Mike Rogers
"After the American people spoke out overwhelmingly in November, it is no secret they want our country to make a 180 degree turn to focus on jobs and job creation. The out of control spending spree President Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress went on over the last two years has not helped our tough economic climate improve. It is my hope the new Republican House will work to help make that economic U-turn by cutting spending, repealing Obamacare, and working to enact economic policies that help create jobs.
"I can only hope the Democratic-controlled Senate and President Obama will not stand in the way of common sense efforts to get our nation's economic and fiscal house in order," Rogers added.
Congresswoman Martha Roby
"Our nation is in the midst of a severe budget crisis. Unfortunately, rather than propose difficult but necessary spending cuts, the Obama Administration is reportedly now considering significant new increases in spending. If true, this effort to boost federal spending even higher represents a monumental misreading of the American people who sent a clear message that they want less government, less spending, and less debt.
"President Obama has repeatedly stated his intent to rein in spending. Actions, however, speak louder than words, and what we have seen over the last two years are record deficits averaging more than a trillion dollars annually.
"Turning back this great tide of spending will require a deep commitment by the White House and Congress. The State of the Union is a perfect opportunity for President Obama to demonstrate presidential leadership by carefully outlining a plan to reverse course and put our nation on the path toward fiscal responsibility. We are past the point where well-written speeches and unfulfilled promises will suffice. Instead, we need a specific and executable plan that will dramatically cut spending, reduce our deficits over the next ten years, and restore certainty and confidence to the economy. Restraining spending and debt is the best stimulus for economic growth, not more government regulation."
WSFA 12 News will post reaction from additional representatives as they become available.
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