Montana, Wyoming delegations reacts to State of the Union address

2014-01-28T21:52:00Z 2014-01-28T22:35:05Z Montana, Wyoming delegations reacts to State of the Union addressGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

Reaction to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday depended on what side of the aisle a legislator sat in the House chamber to hear the annual speech.

“I was pleased the president laid out a vision to strengthen our economy and create jobs,” Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said in a statement. “I’m particularly glad he vowed to push forward with housing finance reform. Improving our housing finance system will better support the 30-year mortgage and protect taxpayers while letting more Americans realize the American dream.”

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Obama’s choice to be the next ambassador to China, faced a confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday morning. His office issued no statement on the State of the Union address.

Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said in a statement he agreed with at least one thing Obama said — “it is the American people and their determined spirit that indeed make our nation strong.”

Daines called on the administration to take action on the Keystone XL pipeline, reduce “the overreaching regulations that are hurting Montana’s coal industry,” put more veterans to work and protect their benefits and “protect Montanans’ privacy from big government overreach and broken government websites.”

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said that the Democratic president has nearly reached a milestone every chief executive laments: that of lame duck.

“President Obama has less than three years left in office and his speech tonight didn’t give Americans any assurance that he is going to use his time to tackle big challenges,” Barrasso said in a statement. “It’s too bad he insists on going around Congress instead of working with us on bills that both Democrats and Republicans support.

“His lame duck status is looming and the clock is ticking … Americans can’t afford for President Obama to waste more time on small measures that won’t deliver the big help our country needs.”

— Gazette staff

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