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Local politicians react to State of the Union address

“Congress must come together to strengthen the middle class and ensure that every Ohioan has the opportunity to be a part of it. We can help achieve this by fighting for those who are still struggling after the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. At a time when our economy is still recovering, extending emergency unemployment insurance would help 128,000 hardworking Ohioans pay the bills, heat their homes, and put food on the table while they search for new jobs.” -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland

“I had hoped that the president would lay out precise details on how he plans to grow the economy, create jobs and reduce our nation’s out-of-control spending. If the president is serious, he should join us as we work together to lower healthcare costs and help Americans take home more of their paychecks.” -- U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville

“President Obama missed a great opportunity to humbly engage both Congress and the American people with new ideas about how to turn our economy around. Instead, he went back to the same old arrogant Washington playbook that for the past five years has failed to help create the jobs families in Ohio need. ... Even worse, now the President has signaled that rather than working with Republicans on bipartisan solutions, he plans to ‘go around’ Congress and push his agenda through executive orders, which is all the more reason why the American people need to stand up and make their voices heard in order to bring more balance of power to Washington.” -- U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana 

“President Obama delivered a great speech and a vigorous call to action for the country. I think it’s possible to pass infrastructure legislation to rebuild our highways, bridges and our ports. That will definitely create jobs.” -- U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo

“The president talked about a year of action. Let’s hope he is willing to work with Congress to turn his words into reforms that will help the American people.” -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati

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