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The Suburbanite
  • Area congressmen react to Obama speech

  • Excerpts of statements issued by area congressmen and Ohio’s senators in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday:

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  • Excerpts of statements issued by area congressmen and Ohio’s senators in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday:
    U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth
    “I had hoped to hear from the President that he is ready to move away from the policies he has pursued for the last three years. They have very clearly failed to improve the economy or the unemployment picture. With 25 million Americans out of work or unemployed, we need new ideas from our President, not more sound bites crafted by his political consultants.
    “Unfortunately, what we heard tonight was a typical campaign speech and more of the same divisiveness at a time when the American people are asking Washington to work together to get us headed in the right direction again. If the President decides he wants to work with members of both parties, I and many of my colleagues are ready to engage him on areas where we can find common ground.”
    U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville
    “I had hoped that tonight, the President would show real leadership and encourage the Senate to pass the 27 bipartisan jobs-bills that have been piling up on their doorstep for months. These common-sense bills would get Americans back to work by removing government barriers to job growth, stopping Washington from spending money we don’t have, and getting government out of the way of small businesses.
    “But instead, tonight we heard President Obama double-down on the same failed Washington-habits of more spending, higher taxes, and more regulations. He clearly doesn’t get it: Washington doesn’t have a taxing problem, it has a spending problem. We must get our spending under control before raising taxes on our families and our job creators.
    “I am disappointed that the President did not deliver what America desperately needs: serious, authentic reforms.”
    U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Copley Township
    “We have less than a year left for this Congress to do its work. In that time, we have a chance to come together and turn rhetoric into common-sense results.
    “Recently, I was proud to introduce the ‘American Jobs First’ initiative; a set of four bills that could begin the work of bringing this Congress together and creating new jobs. These bills aim at revitalizing our manufacturing sector and creating jobs by strengthening ‘Buy America’ laws. ...
    “While some may put importance on who a Member of Congress sits with at the State of the Union, the only thing that matters when the speech is done is who you stand up for. I will proudly stand up to make sure that working Ohioans, not just privileged millionaires and billionaires, are given a fair shake and a fair chance at the American dream.”
    Page 2 of 2 -  U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles
    “I'm thankful that President Obama announced his commitment to safe, responsible development of the Utica and Marcellus shale deposits. ...
    “I’m also glad that the President announced his support to provide new incentives to encourage manufacturers to embrace upgrades, such as retrofitting machinery to use natural gas, to increase energy efficiency. ...
    “I’m proud that tonight the President also announced the strong step of creating a new trade enforcement unit that will hold countries like China accountable for these unfair trade practices.
    “Finally, the President showed his commitment to ensuring that America is able to fill the advanced, high-tech manufacturing jobs of the future by encouraging new partnerships between community colleges and business.”
     
     U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon
    “Tonight’s State of the Union address gave manufacturing the attention it deserves. ... The next step is a national manufacturing strategy that enforces trade law, encourages clean energy innovation, and trains workers for emerging industries. Tonight’s speech helped lay a blueprint for a national manufacturing agenda that Democrats and Republicans can unite behind.”
    U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati
    “As a longtime proponent of tax reform, I looked forward to hearing the president talk about pro-growth tax reform along the lines recommended by his own Jobs Council just last week.  Instead he seems to view individual tax reform as just another vehicle for higher taxes on job creators. On corporate taxes, I was pleased to hear the president express the need for reform.  ... Taxing companies that do business overseas more will hurt job growth in America. ...
    “With the debt now larger than the nation’s economy, we heard little tonight when it came to real plans to save our growing entitlement system from bankruptcy and insolvency.
    “I also would have liked to hear his reason for rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, one of the largest private sector infrastructure projects in the nation. This project would create tens of thousands of jobs, and would likely have benefited Ohio’s struggling manufacturing sector.”