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7:28 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Arkansas Delegation Pans Obama Speech To Nation

Reaction to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address by members of Arkansas' congressional delegation:

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.

"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."

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. ...

"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."

Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark.

"The President promises to make this year one of action, but getting things done will require more than just words. In his State of the Union address, he again invited critics of Obamacare to suggest ways we can improve our health care system, but 50 days later, I'm still waiting for his response to my letter detailing nine key proposals.

"On this issue and others, it's time for President Obama to step up and work with Congress to make things happen. My colleagues and I in the House are also willing to work with him to grow the economy and spur job creation, by approving critical infrastructure projects like the Keystone pipeline and passing tax reform that makes our code fairer, flatter and simpler. With so many Americans hurt by Obamacare or struggling to find work, I hope President Obama means what he says and will turn his words into real action."