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NV lawmakers react to State of the Union

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U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's State of the Union address:

"As Nevada and our nation continue to struggle with high unemployment, finding common ground to move our nation forward is more critical today than ever. In order to make sure that America's best days are ahead of us we must commit to problem solving and getting something done.

"The state of Nevada is facing incredible challenges and I am certain that with the right policies in place, we can bolster economic growth and fix the uncertainty not only in the Silver State, but across the country. There is no question that we will need to work together and compromise in order to solve the problems facing the American people.

"Tonight and in past addresses, President Obama has made promises about reducing our growing $16 trillion debt and bringing fiscal responsibility to Washington. To date, those have been empty promises. I hope this time the President is finally serious about reducing long-term spending and debt and working with members of both sides of the aisle on solutions that can pass Congress," said Senator Dean Heller.

Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) released the following statement after President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address:

"Tonight, the President outlined a bold and optimistic vision for the future of our country. By focusing on creating jobs and growing the economy, the President made clear that his top priority is helping the middle-class and those seeking to be a part of it. This is my top priority too.

"Working families drive our economy. When we have access to family-sustaining wages with good benefits, the entire economy is strong. When our wages and job security are weak and uncertain, so is the economy. That's why we need smart and innovative investments that get people back to work and that train and educate workers to compete for the jobs of the future, right here at home.

"Our economy is rebounding, but not fast enough for many families who are still hurting from the devastating effects of the recession. It is time for Congress to work together to pass solutions that improve the economy for all of us, not just those at the top.

"Congress must avoid economic brinksmanship that would devastate millions of Americans. We will work to get our country's debt under control, but we will not do it by balancing the budget on the backs of middle-class families. Social Security and Medicare are vital insurance programs that our parents and grandparents have paid into and they need to be preserved and improved for future generations. 

"Getting Nevadans back to work is my number one priority and I look forward to working with the President and my colleagues in Congress to strengthen our economy. Our economic health improves when everybody is given a fair shot and everyone plays by the same rules. If you put in hard work, you should be able to make a decent living. That is the principle that guides my decisions as your Congressman."

Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address:  

"Tonight President Obama laid out a comprehensive plan to strengthen the middle class by creating jobs, protecting Medicare, and reforming our broken immigration system. While the President's plan to move our country forward should have bipartisan support, unfortunately, Washington politicians like Rep. Joe Heck are more concerned with weakening the Violence Against Women Act and ending Medicare by turning it over to private insurance companies. Instead of fighting to put Nevadans back to work, Joe Heck and Washington Republicans are focused on privatizing Social Security and criminalizing abortion even in the case of rape or incest. I urge Joe Heck to stop attacking the health of Nevada women and seniors and start working with President Obama and Democrats to create jobs for Nevada's middle class."

Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after President Barack Obama concluded his fifth State of the Union address:

"President Obama delivered a clear vision for strengthening the middle class and creating a foundation for long-term growth. The President outlined an agenda in which fairness is not just a principle for which to strive, but a powerful engine of growth and prosperity for all Americans. Senate Democrats stand ready to work with him to make his agenda a reality, and we are already making significant progress toward fixing our broken immigration system and addressing gun violence in our society.

"As the President made clear, our economy is poised to grow this year and in the years to come. Our job in Congress is to provide a sound foundation for that growth. Unless immediate action is taken to deal with the looming sequester, our economy could suffer yet another self-inflicted wound. The consequences of sequestration are real. If these cuts go into effect, 70,000 young children would be kicked off Head Start, 10,000 teaching jobs would be put at risk, and the Small Business Administration would be forced to reduce loan guarantees to small businesses by up to $540 million.

"The American people want us to replace this harsh austerity with a balanced approach that targets waste, and combines smart spending cuts with closing loopholes and asking millionaires to contribute. Later this week, Democrats will introduce a plan to temporarily replace the sequester with the balanced approach the American people want. So far, Republicans have shown that they would rather cut Medicare, education, and cancer research than close a single tax loophole, or ask millionaires to contribute. That is not what the American people want, and I hope that in the coming weeks, my Republican colleagues will listen to the message the public is sending us: it is time to stop lurching from crisis to crisis, and start laying a solid foundation for long-term growth, prosperity, and a strong middle class."

Following President Obama's State of the Union address, Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada's First District issued the following statement:

"Tonight, I was encouraged to hear the President outline his framework for long-term economic growth with policies that expand opportunities for average Americans, strengthen the middle class, and invest in our nation's future. As the President emphasized, we need to invest in education and ensure a fair opportunity for all Americans to succeed.

"President Obama understands that investing in education not only makes our nation more competitive in the global economy, but provides Americans the skills they need to get good paying jobs here at home.

"I was pleased to hear the President talk about the importance of renewable energy production. Not only does investment in renewable energy sources address the realities of climate change, but it also reduces our dependence on foreign oil, creates quality jobs, and cuts energy costs for American families.

"But our economy can never be as strong and vital as we want if we don't fix our broken immigration system first. Tonight, the President reaffirmed his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform, and hosted Alan Aleman, a Las Vegas DREAMer, as one of his honored guests. Alan represents the millions of undocumented immigrants who have grown up in this country, but are deprived of many of the opportunities afforded to American citizens. He truly embodies the Las Vegas spirit, and the whole city is very proud of his accomplishments.

"Tonight, the President made it clear that Congress must look to the American people for inspiration on what to do and how to behave. That's the message I took away from tonight's address, and hopefully, my colleagues did as well."

Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) tonight released the following statement after the State of the Union address.

"I was disappointed that in tonight's speech we heard more of the same from the President: calls for tax hikes to fund new government spending projects. The revenue portion of the discussion was closed on January 1 when he got increased revenue from higher taxes on the rich as part of the fiscal cliff deal. The President outlined a vision for more government investment that he said "should not raise our deficit by a single dime." The problem is, our annual deficits have been greater than $1 trillion dollars for the last four years. The goal shouldn't be not to add to the deficit, it should be to erase the deficit. This President seems unwilling to admit that the primary way to decrease the deficit is to reduce spending."

"While I will not support tax increases and more stimulus-style spending, there were portions of the speech that highlighted areas where I agree with the President. I agree that we must work to make higher education more affordable and that simply expanding access to financial aid is not the way to do that. I plan to work on this issue with my colleagues on the Committee on Education and the Workforce. The President called for banks to allow homeowners to refinance their mortgages at today's lower rates - I support this initiative because it is the best thing we can do to keep Nevadans in their homes. I also believe that it is time for our men and women in uniform to come home from Afghanistan. We have achieved our initial objectives of rooting out terrorist safe-havens and toppling the Taliban from power and it is time we turn the security of Afghanistan over to the Afghan government and its people. Finally, I was pleased to hear the President endorse an approach to strengthening Medicare that bases Medicare spending not on the amount of services performed but rather on the quality of care given, consistent with the bipartisan legislation I introduced last week."

"The President made appeals for bipartisan action in Congress to address the myriad challenges our country faces and I stand ready and willing to join with my colleagues in the House to do just that."

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