Members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation have issued reactions to President Obama’s State of the Union address.
Read them below:
Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: “Every time I’m in New Hampshire, the message I hear from people throughout the state is clear: people want Congress to work across the aisle to strengthen our middle class and expand economic opportunity. While we’ve seen economic improvement in recent years, too many are being left behind, and more must be done to move our economy forward.
“We should all be encouraged by many of the proposals unveiled this evening that will promote economic growth and job creation. Whether it’s efforts to make higher education more affordable for young people, reforming our tax code, or investing in alternative energy sources to lower costs and create jobs, Congress should now renew our commitment to growing our economy and helping small businesses succeed. I look forward to working across the aisle this year to act on these types of proposals on behalf of our economy and middle class.”
Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte: “As the new Congress gets to work, New Hampshire citizens expect Republicans and Democrats to work together on constructive solutions to the challenges we face. And I hope the president follows through on his commitment tonight to work with Congress to help make our country stronger. Based on the president’s speech, I believe there’s an opportunity for bipartisan cooperation on strengthening our transportation infrastructure, which is a priority for New Hampshire and our nation.
“My focus is on creating a better economic climate that grows our middle class and provides opportunities for all New Hampshire working families. I was disappointed that the president tonight called for more tax increases to pay for more government spending, instead of proposing a fiscally responsible budget that addresses our $18 trillion debt and a serious economic plan that generates increased opportunities for all citizens and allows businesses to grow, compete, and create jobs. That means reforming our complex tax code to make it simpler and fairer for individuals and businesses – encouraging investment and job creation here at home.”
Democratic Rep. Ann Kuster: “This year, we must continue to focus on strengthening economic security for our middle class families. From cutting taxes on our middle class, to making college more affordable, to preventing our companies from shipping jobs overseas, my focus has always been on creating more jobs and opportunity for our middle class families.
“I encourage the President and my fellow Members of Congress to join with me in fighting for the issues that matter to us in New Hampshire, and I look forward to continuing to work across the aisle to fight for initiatives that will strengthen our middle class and help our economy grow.”
Republican Rep. Frank Guinta “Granite Staters have been clear about what they want from Washington. They want those elected to serve on their behalf to work together to push for shared solutions, not partisan politics.
“Opportunity for economic growth resides in the hope that lives in the homes on the West Side, the small businesses on the Seacoast and the beauty of our North Country – not the federal government. Our country will begin to flourish again when we reform our outdated tax code, reduce the burden of debt on our children, repeal regulations suffocating our small businesses and place our trust in you.”