N.H.'s Congressional Delegation Reacts To Obama's State Of The Union

Jan 21, 2015

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Reactions to President Obama’s State of the Union address predictably fell along party lines among New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation.

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says she’s encouraged by the proposals outlined by the president in Tuesday night’s speech.

“Whether it’s efforts to make higher education more affordable for young people, reforming our tax code, or investing in alternative energy sources to lower costs to create jobs, Congress should now renew our  commitment to growing our economy and helping small businesses succeed,” Shaheen said in a statement.

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte said she sees an opportunity for bipartisan cooperation on strengthening the nation’s transportation infrastructure.

But Ayotte was mostly critical of the agenda outlined in the president’s speech.

“I was disappointed that the president tonight called for more tax increases to pay for more government spending, instead of proposing a fiscally responsible budget that addresses our $18 trillion debt and a serious economic plan that generates increased opportunities for all citizens and allows businesses to grow, compete and create jobs,” she said.

2nd District Rep. Democrat Ann McLane Kuster says she supports the president’s plan for cutting taxes on the middle class and raising the minimum wage.