Colorado lawmakers reacted to the State of the Union address Tuesday night. Here are some excerpts:
Representative Jared Polis (D-CO):
"Tonight the President touched on a number of issues of vital importance to the people of Colorado and people across America. The theme of the President's address was 'Opportunity for All - Rewarding Hard Work,' recognizing that there is still an American dream, and we, as elected officials, have a responsibility to make this dream achievable for all who are willing to work for it."
Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO):
"The hard working people in the middle are the engines of our economic prosperity. Tonight, the President laid out an optimistic and responsible plan to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class, and ensure everyone has the opportunity to achieve their American Dream."
U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Aurora):
"Unfortunately, the State of the Union address has deteriorated into a sort of partisan pep rally, so I frankly don't put a whole lot of stock into it one way or the other. On the positive side, I appreciated the President's promise to expand resources and treatment options for returning veterans wrestling with the dark horrors of combat. Senator Udall and I will continue to work together in a bipartisan fashion on the issue of PTSD in particular. Taking care of our warriors is not a partisan issue, it is a patriotic duty."
Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO):
"In an interview, he said he does not want to penalize those who have more and have worked harder with higher taxes. He wants to "...build up those from the bottom who need jobs. Not more entitlements, but more jobs. We can do that through things like the Keystone Pipeline, which creates more energy and lower costs for hardworking American families and more jobs. Let's do those kinds of policies to build people up and not penalize those who've already succeeded."
Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO):
"While I welcome the President's call for a year of action on the economy, it remains to be seen what form that will take. Circumventing Congress through a series of executive fiats to entrench already failed economic policies and further expand government is not the answer to encouraging growth, creating jobs, and shrinking the income disparity. It's disingenuous for the President to say in one breath that he's willing to work with us, and then in the next that he will avoid Congress if he can-as he is already doing by unilaterally acting to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors.
Representative Cory Gardner (R-CO):
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Governor Hickenlooper (D-CO):
"'Opportunity is who we are.' Those words from President Obama tonight hit the mark. Our country is defined by opportunity, by our immigrants and our new ideas, and by the pursuit of more jobs in a growing economy. The President's call for more high-tech manufacturing, energy independence and greater access to world-class education also resonate well in the West. We share the president's belief that when women succeed, the country-Colorado-succeeds. We join the President's optimism that through bipartisan action, and by keeping our focus on tomorrow, our country can continue moving forward."
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