Nevada lawmakers react to the State of the Union Address

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Updated: 1/29/2014 12:26 am
(KRNV & 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.”

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Speed - 1/31/2014 1:00 AM
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Blue; S nothing's getting accomplished because of the Republican leadership declared there would be no victories for President Obama? Okay-you're probably right,but the REASON is because everything Obama and Reid are pushing for are geared towards making America a Socialist Republic,and that's not even CLOSE to what the Founding Fathers envisioned. Listen-this is OUR Country,and we liked it hist fine the way it was before Obama came along to toss the US Constitution and all it stands for to the wayside. American Patriots were here from the START of this Country. If YOU don't like it,try Mexico,Greece,Brazil,China-get the point? America doesn't need America haters around. Go live in bliss with your Socialist brothers.

Reno Blue - 1/30/2014 10:40 PM
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Of course the right wing commentators would call me names and accuse me of being a braid dead Obama zombie. I am a Navy veteran with experience at the highest levels of our government and in my opinion the behavior of the Republicans and Tea Party members has been treasonous because it has stalled our country. Nothing is being accomplished in Washington DC because the Republican leadership declared there would be no victories for President Obama. If I am a brain dead sheep blindly following the socialist Kenyan, then what are you for thinking Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin or Rand Paul have any viable solutions?

Paladin - 1/29/2014 3:23 PM
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"Nevadadad" well said! "Blue" does sound hypnotized just like the throngs of Obamatons that happily march along in lockstep to his drivel. If you noticed the graph that FOX had on the speech last night, the green "independent" group followed item by item with the Repubs. The only group Obama and his cronies are keeping a hold on is the hard core left. They have lost the independents.

Nevadadad - 1/29/2014 11:57 AM
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"Blue" has that tell-tale "I'll follow you anywhere, Obama", sound of a brainwashed Democrat. I was one for more than 35 years before I realized that the party was not the one that I had been a faithful part of anymore. Today's Democrat wants to crap all over the very Constitution that gave them the rights, freedoms, and opportunities that they enjoy today. They tell our fighting men and women that they love them, while killing their children and stealing what little they have at the same time. Oh yes, and then there are the children, the unborn. You know, the only victims of murder who truly never got a chance to even commit a crime, and never got a say in whether they'd have a shot at the American dream or not. What a shameful way to treat us all. The Democrats put no value at all on human life, unless is suits their political agenda. They've made us all a "throw away" society, and means you, too. And "Blue"... "Petty" is what this administration that you love so much is, claiming they're striving for equality, at the cost of the majority, and of the Constitution.

nubgnngs42 - 1/29/2014 11:53 AM
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Obozo's socialist agenda for another year.

Paladin - 1/29/2014 10:34 AM
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When will President Obama and Senator Reid stop pushing the same old Democrat story: more regulations and higher taxes and wages will create jobs: NO- it will only drive up prices and put more people out of work. Giving the socialists what they want is not an economic policy--its only a road to total government control. TRUE socialism. Obama is BIG gov't. Obamacare is the perfect example of socialism that is going to come crashing to the ground this year when the $$$ don't show up to sustain it. The perfect example of pettiness in this whole arena is Obama saying if the congress won't do what I want, then I will just (try to) go around them and push my agenda by executive fiat. THAT IS NOT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE, just the will of Obama. Kind of "Stalin-esque" if you ask me.

Reno Blue - 1/29/2014 9:52 AM
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When will Senator Heller stop pushing the same old Republican story: cutting regulations and taxes will create jobs. NO---it will only create more wealth for the job creators (the rich). Giving business what they want (no regulations as in West Virginia, and tax breaks) is not an economic policy---it is pandering. We need to move on from the old debates and figure out how to work together to create more jobs and opportunities for everyone, not just the wealthy and powerful. Endlessly attacking President Obama for being a big government, socialist liberal is not demonstrating is being petty.

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