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New York & Pennsylvania officials react to the State of the Union Address

January 25, 2012

Below are statements issued by Congressman Tom Marino, Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Senator Pat Toomey, Senator Bob Casey and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino,
PA-10, issued this response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

Tonight President Obama delivered a campaign speech and once again, tried again to convince the American people that he is committed to helping America’s middle class.

Unfortunately, the president’s words never seem to match his actions.

Since taking office three years ago, the president has contributed more to the deterioration of this nation’s middle class than any other president.

The things that matter most to the average American – good-paying jobs, maintaining a small business, owning a home, paying for health care and using a vehicle – are slipping beyond their reach.
More people are dependent on the federal government than ever before.

Sadly, this president’s words and actions are dividing, not uniting. He has become a master of the politics of envy and division.

If the president wants to help the middle class, he should
look no further than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s desk to find the 27 job-creating bills that the House has passed within the last year.

This address was just another campaign speech, more of the same; more blame and more division. This time around the president cannot hide from his record.

President Obama may continue to blame the previous
administration for the weak economy he inherited. However, he has to take responsibility for the rapid deterioration that took place since he took office.

Congressman Maurice Hinchey
(D-NY) tonight released the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address.

President Obama has articulated a vision for an economy that lifts up all Americans - not just the wealthiest 1 percent. This path forward recognizes that we face a make or break moment for the middle class and those trying to reach the middle class. While our economy has shown encouraging signs of recovery since 2008, the underlying economic problems, which have been evident for decades, continue to hinder our ability to ensure economic security and the promise of America for those who work hard and play by the rules.