Local reaction to State of the Union

“Over the past three years the manufacturing sector has added nearly 50,000 jobs, and I am certain that number will continue to grow with the President’s plan. In northeastern Ohio, we are already making the investments necessary for a 21st century economy as the Tech Belt and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown create new wealth and new jobs.”

– U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D)

District 13

“For too long, those in Washington have engaged in partisan bickering, wearing their red jerseys or their blue jerseys. It’s time we put on a red, white and blue jersey and do what’s best for our country, like reigning in spending, growing our economy, and creating good jobs. I’m ready to get to work on these critical issues and I hope the President is too.”

– U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce

District 14

“Rather than laying out a pro-growth plan to spur our economy, he promoted the same big-government policies that have failed to get our economy up and running again. Instead of addressing the need to reduce Washington’s massive deficits by reforming important yet unsustainable entitlements, he proposed more taxes on job creators.”

– U.S. Senator

Rob Portman (R)

“President Obama outlined a plan to ensure that American manufacturers – and the middle-class jobs they support -are not only the most productive in the world, but also the most innovative. … I’m working on legislation to establish a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation to create regional public-private partnerships for manufacturers to improve innovation and create new jobs. This sort of investment in the middle class is how we can continue to create jobs and get our economy back on track.”

– U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D)

“After President Obama’s fifth State of the Union Address, I am deeply concerned about his commitment to overcoming these challenges. What we heard tonight was a total lack of willingness by President Obama to work with Congress on common sense solutions that would address America’s challenges. Not once did President Obama mention America’s crushing $16.5 trillion national debt as he called for more spending, with money borrowed on the backs of America’s children and grandchildren.”

– U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (R)

District 6