States US lawmakers have praise for speech

first_imgThe three congresswomen representing Southwest Washington highlighted different parts of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, homed in on Obama’s statements regarding bipartisanship, economic improvements and the nation’s deficit.Obama’s “vision and mine don’t always align, but where we can find common ground, I look forward to working with him,” Herrera Beutler said in a statement following the address. She added that she’ll support any of Obama’s proposals to increase jobs “as long as they are fiscally responsible and focused on private-sector job growth.”On the deficit, Herrera Beutler said that if Obama is serious about solving the debt crisis, she’ll work with him.“Earlier this year, the president insisted on letting some tax cuts expire, and he got most of what he asked for,” she said. “Now it’s time to address the other, more serious side of the debt equation — decades of federal overspending.”Herrera Beutler serves on the House’s federal discretionary spending committee.Obama touched on a wide range of hot topics, including the deficit, climate change, gun violence and cyberattacks. He called for an end to corporate tax loopholes, comprehensive immigration reform that provides more avenues to citizenship, and passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act for women in the workforce.Several times in his address, Obama mentioned his goal of growing the middle class. He called for a federal minimum wage of $9 an hour, and to make preschool available to all American children.U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., remarked Tuesday night on Obama’s middle-class focus, and on his approach to reducing the debt.“On the tough fiscal battles ahead, the president repeatedly stressed the key principle that will be required for us to make progress: balance,” Murray said in a statement. She said she plans to lay out “a pro-growth budget that puts jobs and the middle class first, tackles the debt and deficit responsibly, calls on the wealthy to pay their fair share, works for seniors and families, and lays down a strong foundation for long-term and broad-based economic growth.”last_img