Louisiana Lawmakers Respond to State of the Union Address

Louisiana lawmakers are responding to President Obama's State of the Union Address.
Louisiana lawmakers are responding to President Obama's State of the Union Address.

Congressman Vance McAllister released this statement following the State of the Union Address:

“President Obama’s State of the Union address was the prime opportunity for him to reset his second term agenda after a year full of havoc, ending with an unnecessary government shutdown and his botched signature healthcare law.

I agree with the President that we need a ‘year of action,’ which is why Republicans remain focused on creating jobs, growing the economy, cutting government spending, and limiting government intrusion on the lives of hardworking Americans.

The House has passed numerous bills aimed at getting our economy back on track that are awaiting action from the Senate and the President himself. If the President wants a year of action, a good way for him to start is by having a dialogue with Congress so we can find common ground to move government forward with compromises on both sides of the aisle, rather than threatening the power of the pen. I also call on the President to approve the Keystone Pipeline to generate thousands of American jobs and increase domestic energy production.

Tonight’s speech was centered on economic mobility, immigration reform, income inequality, and raising the minimum wage. While good talking points were offered, the American people need less talk and more action from our Commander in Chief. Until then, the President’s desire for a year of action will once more be a year of disappointment and unfulfilled promises.”

U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., tonight released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight, the President spoke about hard work, greater opportunity and growing and expanding the middle class. One of the quickest ways we can create jobs is by increasing our domestic energy production and taking smart steps toward energy independence. The Keystone Pipeline, and projects like this, will significantly improve the infrastructure that is necessary to support this increased production. Nearly three years ago, I urged this Administration to act swiftly to begin construction of this pipeline. I'm disappointed, as are many of my colleagues, that the Administration still has not acted despite the overwhelming economic and environmental evidence that favors immediate construction."

"A true ‘all of the above’ energy strategy harnesses every energy resource, including renewables. When we create energy from any source, we create jobs. The fact is that the energy industry pays more than four times the minimum wage. These jobs pay the kind of wages and salaries that allow families to buy homes and invest their futures.

“A commitment to job creation begins by investing in what works, and we have many proven and successful examples in Louisiana. Developing strong partnerships with industry, the private sector, and technical colleges and increasing investment in STEM is key to our economic future. Students who pursue STEM-based education programs gain critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and STEM knowledge that enables them to be successful in many different fields.

"Another way we can bolster economic security for the middle class is by quickly passing the bipartisan, comprehensive flood insurance bill that will allow millions of middle class families to continue living where they work. I hope the President and his administration will change course and join our broad, deep and strong coalition's efforts to fix flood insurance and preserve the American Dream that if you work hard and play by the rules you can build a secure future."

Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D. responded to the State of the Union and the President’s policies on health care. He was joined by Mr. Larry Katz, owner of Dots Diners in southeast Louisiana:

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