[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address and response from U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and U.S. Reps. Tom Cotton and Rick Crawford.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video link=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hed1nP9X7pI&feature=share”][vc_column_text]U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark):
Overall, I’m disappointed with the President’s State of the Union address because he was heavy on rhetoric, but light on specifics about how we can move our country forward.
I’ve always said that I’ll work with the President when I think he’s right, but oppose him when I think he’s wrong. That’s why I’ve opposed his policies on gun control, the Keystone Pipeline, military action in Syria, regulatory overreach on our farms—to name a few—and why I’ll continue to oppose his agenda when it’s bad for Arkansas and our country.
U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark):
President Obama’s policies have resulted in 5 million Americans losing their health insurance under Obamacare, a stalled economic recovery, high unemployment, and increased income inequality. These are problems he created. We need to ask ourselves, are we better off today?
The President continues to ignore the results and consequences of the failed policies of his presidency. While he is calling for a ‘year of action,’ his intention is clear – to circumvent Congress. Pursuing executive actions to push through his agenda is a troubling trend. The American people sent their elected officials to Washington to represent their needs and the President should not ignore their voices.
“Our country is made up of a resilient workforce that wants a hand-up, not a hand-out. We need to promote policies that will strengthen our economy, encourage innovation and endorse methods to help our businesses expand and grow in order to put hardworking Americans back to work. Congress is ready to act. Awaiting action on Senate Majority Leader Reid’s desk are dozens of job-creating, commonsense bills.
As Arkansas families are finding themselves cash-strapped because of increasing regulations including the compliance with higher premiums, deductibles and canceled health care coverage under Obamacare, the President continues to pick winners and losers and decides who has to follow the law. Congress is ready to act to institute real reforms and that begins with dismantling the Affordable Care Act and creating a health care system that is accessible, fair, affordable and flexible.
I’m ready to act on the behalf of all Arkansans, and all Americans, to institute real reforms to ensure a social safety net for those most in need, create opportunities for workers, address our ever-growing debt, and restore our standing in the world. I call on the President to start solving these problems instead of creating new ones. [/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”http://youtu.be/kAWutUF-qJ4″][vc_column_text]U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark)
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Hi, I’m Tom Cotton. Just a short while ago, you heard President Obama’s State of the Union Address. While he made a lot of promises, regrettably, we know those promises don’t hold much weight. President Obama’s statements tonight remind me of his State of the Union promise four years ago when he said ObamaCare, and I quote, “would preserve the right of Americans who have insurance to keep their doctor and their plan. It would reduce costs and premiums for millions of families and businesses.”
We knew back then, just as we do now, that thousands of Arkansans and millions of Americans would be forced off their current health care plans under ObamaCare. In the past months, you’ve seen the stories of families across our nation are experiencing this and you may have even received a cancellation letter yourself. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Most Arkansans that I hear from are finding that their premiums and deductibles are skyrocketing under ObamaCare. Many others are seeing their hours cut back at work. And, many small businesses have cancelled plans to hire more people and expand because of the law. Other small businesses find they can no longer afford to provide health coverage for their employees.
We must take control of the U.S. Senate this year. Will you join me in our plan to defeat Senator Mark Pryor, one of Obama’s key supporters in the Senate? Defeating Senator Pryor is a crucial step towards firing Harry Reid and stopping the President’s agenda that is hurting our economy and preventing job growth. Visit Tom Cotton dot com and check into our campaign and find out how you can join the campaign. Thank you for your time and support.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSq1Mk1ak6w”][vc_column_text]U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark)
Tonight, Arkansans heard from the President about his priorities for our nation. Unfortunately, he continues to avoid addressing the biggest problem holding back economic growth—the ever-growing debt crisis.
It is sad that President Obama continues to insist that it makes sense to rush ahead with trillions of dollars in new entitlement spending while Social Security and Medicare remain in fiscal distress, and the national debt is hurtling toward unsustainable levels increasing economic uncertainty.
I had hoped he would strike a more bipartisan tone because, if recent history shows anything, red vs. blue is dead end politics. We must work together if we want to get things done and strengthen our economy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]