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Local SOTU reactions partisan, predictable

President Barack Obama signs autographs after delivering his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington.(AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)
President Barack Obama signs autographs after delivering his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington.(AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

Reactions from local members of Congress to the State of the Union speech.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Ks.: “Kansans are tired of President Obama’s ‘go it alone’ liberal agenda. They want us to get things done.

“They are tired of the President’s executive orders, and they have had enough of the President’s proposals for more taxes, more spending, more government, and more bypassing of the Congress.

“President Obama could have, and should have, listened to this message from the last election, but instead, as we heard tonight, the President has turned a deaf ear to the will of the American people.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.: “The President outlined some commonsense ideas and opportunities for bipartisan cooperation, tonight, including tax cuts aimed at bolstering our middle class. We’ve made a great deal of progress for working families in the past few years — with a growing number of folks back to work at millions of more jobs, a much smaller deficit, and plunging energy costs—but there’s still more work to do.”

Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Ks.: “Sadly, the President decided to turn back the clock and double down on those very broken policies that have hurt our country, slowed growth, and dimmed the lights of our economic future. Even worse, the President missed an opportunity to unite our country, and instead he embraced the tired cynical politics that pit one group of America against another and weaken and divide our country.”

Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo.: “The American people spoke loud and clear this past November in opposition to President Obama’s failed policies of the last six years.

“The American people sent us here to forge a new direction in finding solutions to the problems facing our nation,” he continued. “Tonight, the President has once again shown that he plans to ignore the will of the people in order to push his big government agenda.”

Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Ks.: “President Obama used this evening to appease his political base and focused on dividing our Nation and using bureaucratic control to run our country with top-down Washington-centered solutions. I believe the key to growing a healthy economy begins by strengthening the paycheck of hard working Americans, putting more money into Kansans pockets, and growing our economy from the bottom-up.”

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