Here are what some local lawmakers are saying about Tuesday's State of the Union address. For more on the speech and analysis, click here.
Rep. Cheri Bustos (D) Illinois
"I'm encouraged that President Obama laid out tonight an agenda that puts Illinois workers...ahead of politics and promotes greater economic opportunity for hardworking Americans."
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) Iowa
"The Constitution created three branches of the federal government and checks and balances among the branches that are fundamental to our strength as a nation. Based on that, the President should use his pen and phone to build coalitions on Capitol Hill and sign legislation into law, not issue executive orders that Congress and the American people don't support."
Sen. Tom Harkin (D) Iowa
"I applaud President Obama's bold plan to ensure that the federal government plays a strong role in promoting good jobs that pay fair wages. I think most Americans would agree that taxpayer dollars should not support companies that pay poverty wages. His Executive Order is a strong step in the right direction. But as I'm sure the President would agree, this is only a first step. Low-wage workers perform some of the most difficult and important jobs in our society. They should not have to live in poverty, regardless of whether they are employed by a federal contractor or elsewhere in the private sector. It is vitally important for Congress to pass my bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, and to provide for automatic future increases so that minimum wage workers don't fall behind again."
Mike Jacobs (R) Iowa U.S. Senate Candidate
"President Obama's rhetoric tonight does not match his record. If President Obama truly wants opportunity for all Americans, he needs to take a 180 degree turn from his current policies."
Sen. Dick Durbin (D) Illinois
"Tonight's speech challenged us in Congress to set aside the partisanship and gridlock that is preventing us from improving the lives millions of Americans. We must now rise to the occasion."
Sen. Mark Kirk (D) Illinois
"Congress should put aside pointless partisan political bickering and tackle the toughest challenge our country faces, which is overspending by our federal government."
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R) Illinois
"Tonight, the President talked about working across the aisle to find common ground, but words alone don't bring about results. With families across the country struggling to make ends meet, the American people need tonight to be about more than just a speech; they need a real commitment to results, to getting people back to work, to finding bipartisan reforms to bring healthcare costs down, and to making government work for the people again. If the President wants to work with Republicans, we are willing to roll up our sleeves and have the tough conversations it will take to find common ground."
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