Commentary from all over regarding the State of the Union

Emails came in fast and furious from politicians, think tanks, etc. following President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

Here are a selection of press releases that arrived at the Observer…

Congressman John B. Larson released the following statement today on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“The strength of our nation rests on opportunity. I applaud President Obama for his call tonight: that opportunity should never be out of reach because of where you’re from or how much money you have.

“The President is right to seek a higher minimum wage. From a forum in Winsted last summer to various events and meetings in the district, activists and residents alike have made it clear the current minimum wage is not adequate. I am pleased to see the President take a step in the right direction today and hope his words echo through Congress, where Members have heard the struggles of individuals and families around the country.

“Empowering the middle class is crucial for our economy. I was pleased to hear the President announce a new workforce training initiative and know that in the First Congressional District, local stakeholders are working to improve vital industries and strengthen our workforce. Just this month, East Hartford’s Goodwin College in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology awarded its first credentials to students participating in a new program designed to improve our manufacturing workforce pipeline. I was proud to bring the Mayor of East Hartford Marcia Leclerc as my guest tonight. A supporter of local workforce training, Mayor Leclerc is a leader in bringing greater opportunity to the community of East Hartford.

“President Obama also spoke to the importance of supporting natural gas infrastructure. I commend his work to both lower our dependency on foreign energy and efforts to bring the financial and environmental benefits of natural gas to the nation.

“Tonight the President reaffirmed that together we can strengthen job creation, improve our education system, support our seniors and veterans and move our economy forward. I will be working with both sides of the aisle in the coming months on these issues and look forward to continuing my efforts for the people of Connecticut.”

RATE Coalition Co-Chairs Elaine Kamarck, former White House adviser to President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, and James P. Pinkerton, former White House domestic policy adviser to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, made the following statement on President Obama’s call for tax reform in his 2014 State of the Union address.

“President Obama’s call for tax reform during tonight’s State of the Union address not only reinforces the broad, bipartisan support for reform, it is yet another sign that the time for reform is now.

“Leaders in both parties, including Speaker John Boehner and the Republican and Democratic chairmen of the House and Senate tax-writing committees, support tax reform as a way to grow the economy and create jobs. Now is the time for our elected officials to seize the opportunity and work together in a bipartisan manner to craft and pass legislation that will simplify our tax system, make it fairer and put America’s economy on a sustainable path to growth for decades to come. The RATE Coalition welcomes the President’s comments tonight and the expanded debate on this important issue.

“Americans expect their elected officials in Washington to work across party lines and get something done that benefits the country and our economy. Revenue-neutral tax reform that lowers the world leading rate of 35 percent to an internationally competitive level is the perfect issue, and now is the time to do it.”


The RATE Coalition is encouraged by President Obama’s support of tax reform. Find previous State of the Union calls for tax reform here.




“As President Obama noted in his State of the Union address tonight, the growing wealth divide poses a serious threat to our country’s future. 


“The fact remains that the long-term solution is to educate our young people and prepare them to compete in the global market place.


“We have long understood, access to a college education is the most critical link to economic empowerment and closing the wealth divide.    


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