ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Local politicians react to President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address.
Heinrich Statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 12, 2013) – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) released the following statement tonight on President Obama's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress:
"Like President Obama, I believe a strong economy begins with a thriving middle class.
"I was encouraged by his commitment to addressing and recognizing the urgency of climate change by supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives, and his determination to invest in science and technology programs to prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow. New Mexico leads in these efforts of American energy independence and innovation.
"Additionally, small businesses and American manufacturers deserve the tools they need to succeed because they are a backbone of a growing economy. Building a 21st century infrastructure creates jobs, spurs growth, and keeps American jobs at home.
"I was also encouraged by the President's commitment to fixing our broken immigration system. We need accountable and responsible immigration reform where undocumented immigrants have an opportunity to earn their citizenship.
"Families in New Mexico deserve the chance to work their way into the middle class. Both parties must come together and set aside their political differences to find the practical and commonsense solutions that middle-class families deserve and expect."
Udall Remarks on State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union address:
"The vitality of our economy is rooted in the middle-class. Tonight, President Obama presented a clear vision for growing the economy from the middle-class out through job creation in homegrown clean energy development, manufacturing and by rebuilding bridges and roads across the country.
"We have a big task ahead to find common ground and pass a budget that reduces the deficit and advances our values. But we won't achieve this goal by gutting the programs seniors depend on or cutting investments in education and training for our kids. Strengthening our economy must be our top priority and we need to work in a bipartisan fashion to provide the certainty and confidence our businesses need to keep hiring."
Pearce Statement on the State of The Union
Roswell, NM (February 12, 2012) – Tonight, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce released the following remarks on the President's State of the Union Address:
"The President focused heavily tonight on our economy, and the need for policies that will allow our middle class to prosper," said Pearce. "I sincerely hope that his actions will match his words in the months ahead: Americans are desperately in need of a government that will allow the freedom, innovation, and opportunity the President spoke of. I agree with the President's proposal that we must ‘attract more jobs to our shores.'
"I spent the evening in New Mexico, with the very Americans the president spoke of: Americans who have invested, who have worked hard, and who have taken initiative. But tonight, these Americans had to come together to make sure that the federal government does not take away their jobs. I insist tonight that the President puts his words into practice, and allows these Americans to prosper, instead of struggling under the weight of more new taxes, more debt, and more inflation.
"The President spoke of putting America's needs before party," Pearce continued. "This is a time when Americans are asking for solutions. The nation is founded on diverse ideas and different parties—the House, Senate, and President are elected to determine together the course of the country. The same people who elected the President also elected the Republicans to the House of Representatives. Tonight, I call on the President to address the needs we can all agree on: jobs, debt, and freedom to prosper. These are not questions of party or ideology, but of America's future. People are tired of political posturing and political deals. They want solutions: solutions to the debt and deficit, solutions to the inflation that comes from the Federal Reserve's printing of money, solutions to our continued joblessness."
Rep. Pearce tonight joined hundreds of constituents at a public hearing on the listing of the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act. The hearing was scheduled by the Obama Administration for the same evening as the State of the Union. Rep. Pearce closely followed the President's remarks from Roswell.
Governor Gary Johnson in responed to the State of The Union Address
February 12, 2013, Santa Fe, NM -- Former New Mexico Governor and Chairman of the Our America Initiative Gary Johnson released the following statement in response the President Obama's State of the Union address:
"What we didn't hear tonight was a President telling
the truth about the real state of the Union: that we are broke -- and that he and the Congress are succeeding only in digging us deeper into a financial hole that is, in reality, the single greatest threat to the nation's well-being.
"Rather, we once again heard the tired argument that the challenges we face can somehow best be met by more government that costs more and taxes more. We've tried that. In fact, we've tried it so hard and so long that we have a debt totaling more than $90,000 for every worker in America.
"And while he spent an hour laying out a mind-boggling list of things the government should do, from ‘investing' in infrastructure, technology and energy to helping parents pick the best college for their kids, he assured us his plans will not increase the deficit by ‘a single dime'.
"That is absurd on its face, and could only be based on the same arithmetic that has given us a $16 Trillion debt.
"Once again, we witnessed a great political performance wrapped around promises that shouldn't be made in the first place, and that we certainly cannot afford to keep."
Lujan Grisham Response to the State of the Union
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement after President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address.
"The President detailed a strong path forward that will create jobs and strengthen middle class families. His proposals offer a broad-based, balanced approach to creating jobs and reinvigorating our economy. The quickest way to turn around our economy is to put people back to work. Whether is it through new clean energy initiatives, a revitalized manufacturing industry or infrastructure investments, we can put Americans back to work right now, ensure long term economic growth and move our country forward.
"I strongly agree with the President that we can remain competitive as a nation in a global market by creating a stronger education system that invests in early childhood education and equips the students of today for the skills they'll need tomorrow.
"It is important that we address the gun violence that is plaguing our country. Too many families continue to be effected by this epidemic. We can all learn from the bi-partisan actions of the New Mexico legislature that are working to close the gun-show loophole. That's why I joined many of my colleagues and invited the Village of Tijeras Mayor Gloria Chavez to be my guest. Mayor Chavez has lost several members of her family due to gun violence and is part of the nationwide effort, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. It is the actions and efforts of leaders like her that will allow us to change the system to make it easier to keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn't have it.
"I was encouraged by the bi-partisan support in the room when the President addressed the issue of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. This is an issue whose time has finally come and we have the opportunity to get right. We can finally move families out of the shadows and onto an earned pathway to citizenship.
"We have critical challenges we are facing, but together we can strengthen the middle class and move America forward. That was demonstrated here tonight by the show of bi-partisan support for many of the issues the President addressed. It's time for us to work towards our common goal of building a stronger America. I look forward to working with the President and my colleagues in the House to get it done."
Luján Statement on President's State of the Union Address
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement tonight following President Obama's State of the Union Address.
"Tonight, President Obama put the focus back on what should be our top priority – creating jobs. He correctly pointed out that reducing our deficit cannot be the only path we take if we want to grow our economy, rebuild the middle class, and spur job creation in New Mexico and across the country.
"While we must work to responsibly reduce our deficit with a balanced approach that prevents the sequester's arbitrary cuts, it is vital that we make investments that lay the foundation for a stronger economy. Strengthening STEM and early education, promoting entrepreneurship and job training, investing in a clean energy economy, and encouraging innovation will help grow a stronger middle class that is the key to a brighter future for New Mexico.
"I was also pleased that the President announced that 34,000 American men and women will be coming home from Afghanistan as we wind down a decade of war. I hope for the swift and safe return of our troops who are serving bravely in harm's way.
"Moving forward, one area that we must hear more about from the President is his goal of reducing our nation's nuclear weapon stockpile. It will be critical to examine the details of this plan to determine its impact on New Mexico; however, I believe Los Alamos National Laboratory has an important role to play
in achieving this goal and in maintaining and ensuring the safety of a smaller nuclear deterrent.
"In his address this evening, President Obama laid out a path forward for our country that includes many elements that have already received significant support from the American people. I am hopeful that we can come together to address the challenges we face, put an end to the manufactured crises that have impacted an economic recovery, and make progress that moves our nation forward."
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