(KRNV & Mynews4.com)-- RENO, Nev. Nevada lawmakers weighed in and gave their opinions to the State of the Union address that President Obama made tonight in written statements.
Senator Harry Reid focused on hard-working class Americans and wrote,“President Obama tonight described the progress we’ve made as a nation and pointed the way to where we need to go. Middle class families in Nevada and all across the country are working harder than ever and they are looking to us in Washington to do our jobs as well. Giving hard-working Americans a raise by increasing the minimum wage is a good place to start. The senate will vote on this proposal in the coming weeks, and I hope Republicans will join us in turning this and other common-sense proposals into law. When everyone has a shot at the American
dream, our entire nation prospers.”
Senator Dean Heller said he wants to be sure changes are made in the future. He
wrote, "President Obama was right to address a number of issues that are important for the silver state, including extending unemployment insurance benefits, developing our nation’s renewable resources, and even touching on the need to reform the national security agency’s surveillance practices. Unfortunately, however, President Obama used this speech as an opportunity to present a big-government agenda and more of the same failed policies."
“The president has called for a ‘year of action,’ and I agree with him that more must be done. But rather than using this call for action as a tool to bypass Congress, I hope that the president will join my colleagues and me to push for policies that will make growing jobs easier and more affordable."
"Moving forward, the president must put an end to the uncertainty that has lingered throughout the entire five years of the Obama economy. By reducing regulations, reforming the tax code, lowering our nation’s debt, and easing the burden of an onerous and expensive health care law, President Obama and congress can work together to grow jobs and foster Americans’ trademark ingenuity and creativity. I look forward to working with the president and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to accomplish these goals and more in the year ahead,” said Senator Dean Heller.
And Democratic Representative Steven Horsford stressed the importance of raising the federal minimum wage.
He wrote, “I commend our president for identifying the greatest challenges facing our nation and proposing meaningful solutions that will move our country forward. If we work together and unite under the belief in opportunity for all, then we can make this a year of action. It is what the American people want: for us to work together on their behalf.
"We should extend unemployment benefits for 1.6 million struggling Americans, including more than 20,000 Nevadans. We must raise the federal minimum wage to an actual, living wage of $10.10 by 2016. It is imperative that we pass comprehensive immigration reform to secure our borders, create a pathway to citizenship, and give a much needed boost to our economy."
“During our country’s recovery from the recession, corporate profits skyrocketed and middle-class families and the working poor are now struggling to keep up. We need to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to move up the economic ladder if they work hard enough; we must protect the American dream.”