MADISON (WKOW) -- Many lawmakers are reacting to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address Tuesday night.
Their statements are below:
State Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon)
"On Tuesday, January 24th President Obama delivered his third State of the Union Address to a Joint Session of Congress, at a time when our nation faces 8.5% unemployment, a historically high national debt of $15 trillion and rising, and a lingering recession that has left our economy and our citizenry in a malaise that rivals that of the late 1970's.
For decades, we as a nation have judged our Presidents during specific milestones. One of those milestones is the President's first thousand days in office. However, I believe that this President will be judged on the most previous thousand days of his presidency. Ironically, when the President took the podium within the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol Building to deliver his State of the Union, it marked the one thousandth day since Senate Democrats last presented a formal federal budget plan for our nation.
Since April 29, 2009 a lot has changed in our nation, and not for the better. Over that time our federal government has spent 9.4 trillion dollars on an ill-advised and failed economic stimulus, the beginning stages of ObamaCare, and countless pet projects that have added $4.1 trillion to our gross federal debt. Yet, through all this economic chaos President Obama and Senate Democrats have turned a deaf ear to the problems that plague our nation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has even stated that it would be "foolish" for Senate Democrats to produce a budget.
I know that Senator Reid is from Nevada, but here in Wisconsin we expect responsible and accountable government. I have spent the last 12 years of my life as a member of a body that is required to pass a balanced budget each legislative session, and this last year as Assembly Speaker I worked to pass the most fiscally responsible and taxpayer friendly budget in our state's history. To see the irresponsible and foolish behavior of our President and Congressional Leaders at a time of crisis, it reaffirms my decision to seek election to the United States Senate.
During his speech, the President laid out his plans for America's future, he spoke with great promise, and possibly of hope for times to come. But I ask, how can our nation plan for a promising and hopeful future when we are plagued by uncertainty, ever increasing debt, and a leadership that has failed us at every turn?"
U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin)
"We appreciate that the President is focused on the right things for our country: increasing our economic output and decreasing unemployment. In Wisconsin we're particularly happy about his focus on manufacturing since our state's economy and employment, more than most any other state, is dependent on a strong manufacturing base. The President also recognizes that education is the foundation of our country's future, whether it means providing all students access to a quality education or ensuring that workers have opportunities for job retraining. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to grow our economy and job market."
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus