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Nevada Lawmakers React to Obama's State of the Union Address

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A few Nevada lawmakers have released statements reacting to President Obama's State of the Union address he gave on Tuesday night.

Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after President Obama's State of the Union address:

"President Obama tonight described the progress we've made as a nation and pointed the way to where we need to go. Middle class families in Nevada and all across the country are working harder than ever and they are looking to us in Washington to do our jobs as well. Giving hard-working Americans a raise by increasing the minimum wage is a good place to start. The Senate will vote on this proposal in the coming weeks, and I hope Republicans will join us in turning this and other common-sense proposals into law. When everyone has a shot at the American Dream, our entire nation prospers."

U.S. Senator Dean Heller offered his reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address with this statement:
 
"President Obama was right to address a number of issues that are important for the Silver State, including extending unemployment insurance benefits, developing our nation's renewable resources, and even touching on the need to reform the National Security Agency's surveillance practices. Unfortunately, however, President Obama used this speech as an opportunity to present a big-government agenda and more of the same failed policies. 
 
"The President has called for a ‘Year of Action,' and I agree with him that more must be done. But rather than using this call for action as a tool to bypass Congress, I hope that the President will join my colleagues and me to push for policies that will make growing jobs easier and more affordable.
 
"Moving forward, the President must put an end to the uncertainty that has lingered throughout the entire five years of the Obama economy. By reducing regulations, reforming the tax code, lowering our nation's debt, and easing the burden of an onerous and expensive healthcare law, President Obama and Congress can work together to grow jobs and foster Americans' trademark ingenuity and creativity. I look forward to working with the President and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to accomplish these goals and more in the year ahead," said Senator Dean Heller.

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

"I commend our President for identifying the greatest challenges facing our nation and proposing meaningful solutions that will move our country forward. If we work together and unite under the belief in opportunity for all, then we can make this a year of action. It is what the American people want: for us to work together on their behalf.

"We should extend unemployment benefits for 1.6 million struggling Americans, including more than 20,000 Nevadans. We must raise the federal minimum wage to an actual, living wage of $10.10 by 2016. It is imperative that we pass comprehensive immigration reform to secure our borders, create a pathway to citizenship, and give a much needed boost to our economy.

"During our country's recovery from the recession, corporate profits skyrocketed and middle-class families and the working poor are now struggling to keep up. We need to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to move up the economic ladder if they work hard enough; we must protect the American dream."

Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange released the following statement in response to tonight's State of the Union:
 
"Tonight President Obama reaffirmed the core American value that if you work hard and play by the rules, you should have the opportunity to succeed in this country.  While Democrats are fighting to create jobs, reform our broken immigration system, and strengthen the middle class, Republicans like Joe Heck spent last year trying to roll back the clock on women's health, obstructing immigration reform and shutting down the government just to deny Nevadans access to healthcare. 
 
"Considering Nevada continues to lead the nation in unemployment, you would think Joe Heck would make extending unemployment insurance one of his top priorities.  Instead, he is more focused on using his influence with Washington Republican leaders to pad his campaign pockets at country club fundraisers than to provide relief for the nearly 20,000 out-of-work Nevadans currently being denied unemployment insurance.  Nevadans will have a clear choice this November between Democrats committed to increasing economic opportunity for middle class families, and Republicans who want to take us back to the same failed policies that crashed our economy in the first place."

In response to President Obama's 2014 State of the Union speech briefly mentioning immigration reform, Astrid Silva, immigration organizer for the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, released the following statement:

"We understand that in the crazy world of Washington, DC, the more the President says about immigration reform, the more Republicans are likely to resist it. In any case, his call for reform would have been even stronger if he said he would use his pen and phone to stop deporting immigrants who are on the cusp of legalizing their status under pending Senate legislation; immigrants like my own father. 

"The bottom line is that the most important event this week regarding the fate of immigration reform is not the State of the Union speech in the U.S. Capitol, but the House Republican retreat in Maryland.  That's where the House Republicans will review draft principles and decide whether to move forward on reform.  The ball is in their court."

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Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus released the following response to President Obama's State of the Union address.

Good evening. I'm RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. Tonight, we heard the same old promises from President Obama. Promises for a better economy. Promises for better healthcare. Promises for a better government.
 
But after five years of promises, what do we have to show for it?
 
There are more Americans living in poverty than ever before.
 
People are giving up on looking for work.
 
Incomes have fallen.
 
And under ObamaCare, healthcare has actually gotten far more expensive. Five million Americans have received notices that their insurance is cancelled.
 
Now that's not fair. It's not fair that Americans lost insurance they liked because the president lied to them. Now, not only are people losing their insurance, they're losing their doctors too.
 
We deserve a government that treats people fairly—and lets people make decisions that are right for them.
 
As Republicans, we believe in putting individuals in charge. It's time we put power in the hands of people—not in the hands of a big and intrusive bureaucratic government.
 
We believe in a pretty simple idea. We want every American to have the chance to make it in this country. Whatever your American Dream is, we want you to have the opportunity to achieve it.
 
So that means we need great schools. And parents should be able to choose the school that's right for their kids.
 
And it means we need a healthcare system that's more affordable and accessible—and not run by bureaucrats.
 
We've tried the Democrats' way. And we all know it's just not working.
 
Their way means fewer choices in healthcare.
 
It means fewer choices in education.

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