Reaction to State of the Union No Surprise
President Obama giving his sixth State of the Union Address last night calling for a hike in the minimum wage, extension of unemployment benefits, reforming the nation's tax code and growing the economy through job creation. But reaction to the President's words appear to be split yet again along party lines.President Obama Addresses The Nation During State Of The Union Address
MLive.com is reporting http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/president_barack_obama_highlig reaction to the address from members of the Michigan delegation.
Not surprisingly, democrats like U. S. Represenative Dan Kildee praised the president's words. He issued a statement, in which the Flint Township congressman said "it's time to raise the federal minimum wage so that hardworking Michiganders can earn a living wage and have the economic security they deserve." President Obama recently raised the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by executive action for federal contract workers, but would require congressional approval for an across-the-board hike.
Republicans were quick to point out that the president's plan was just another proposal to spend and control. "The president continues to focus on propopals that spend more money we don't have and increase the size of the federal government," said U. S. Representative Dan Benishek.
President Obama called 2014 a year of action saying he hoped all could work together on the issues facing the country and its future, but insisted he will get the work done either with--or without--congressional approval.