Gov. John Hickenlooper tonight released the following statement about President Barack Obama's State of the Union address:
"There is no greater priority than getting people back to work and making America a magnet for jobs. That will happen only if Congress joins the President in putting aside partisan politics and working together. The President laid out a strong and positive message designed to cut through the gridlock and bickering. He talked about manufacturing, innovation, clean energy and investing in people. These are investments we can all endorse."
Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia tonight released the following statement on President Barack Obama's State of the Union address:
"The President's vision for America's prosperity is based on the belief that an investment in people - all people - drives real economic success. Here in Colorado, we know that means a strong commitment to strengthening public education and providing access to high-quality skills development for all of our young people.
"We also support the President's commitment to providing a fair path to legal status through comprehensive immigration reform. We hope that Sen. Marco Rubio and the Senators who are demonstrating courageous bipartisan leadership on this issue will be successful in addressing America's need for security, a system for hiring undocumented workers to strengthen our economy, and an opportunity for all students to pursue higher education."
Colorado U.S. Senator Mark Udall spoke with reporters following the president's State of the Union address, welcoming his focus on job creation and strengthening the middle class.
"I've been saying for several years that we have to keep a laser-like focus on crafting common-sense policies that encourage the private sector to create jobs. Growing the economy must be our top priority. And the president underlined that over and over again with a series of common-sense and specific plans," Udall said after the presidential address.
During the State of the Union, Udall sat with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) as part of his push to encourage his colleagues to set aside partisanship and sit together during the president's State of the Union address. This marked the third year Udall has called for bipartisan seating during the address.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
"The President's call for a bipartisan fix to our broken immigration system is in line with Colorado's values. From our robust agriculture, tourism and hi-tech industries to DREAMers in our schools who know only this country as their home, Colorado epitomizes our nation's need to fix our immigration system. We now have the best chance in 20 years to pass a bipartisan bill that will strengthen our economy and our families, better protect our borders and communities, and offer a tough but fair path to citizenship for the 11 million people living here without legal status.
"In addition to immigration, the President laid out an agenda that reflects many of Colorado's priorities. Washington must come together on an energy future that protects public health and begins to address climate change, to fix our education system and find effective ways to keep the wrong guns out of the wrong people's hands.
"As several fiscal deadlines approach, it's long past time we produce a comprehensive plan that gets out economy moving and materially reduces the debt. It should include a balanced combination of changes to entitlements, spending cuts and tax reform."
Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama's State of the Union Address:
"President Obama talked about helping the middle class, but his policies have been disastrous for working Americans. His only solution is to spend more money. We cannot measure compassion by how much we spend on poverty, but how many people we help to rise out of poverty. Adding endlessly to the debt is not compassionate-it is destructive. Real compassion demands reform.
"I wish the President had talked about creating American jobs by opening up the Keystone Pipeline. I wish he had put forward a reasonable plan for protecting our military from the reckless spending cuts known as sequestration.
"We know that all people thrive and prosper with a minimum of government burdens. That is my vision for how we achieve economic prosperity. Clearly, it differs sharply from President Obama's."
Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) issued this statement following President Obama's State of the Union Address.
"Over the last four years, trillion dollar deficits have fueled an unprecedented growth of the national debt and federal government, and have driven devastatingly high unemployment and paralyzing economic uncertainty. For middle class American families, seniors, small businesses and millions of unemployed workers, the state of the union leaves much to be desired. The President's record of endlessly delaying or altogether dismissing serious attempts to get spending under control has driven economic uncertainty, cost millions of jobs, and is jeopardizing the future of the American dream for our children and grandchildren. With the Senate, the President has blocked dozens of House passed solutions to create economic growth, reform spending, and put our country on a responsible track. These solutions include two House passed budgets and two pieces of legislation in the past six months that would have replaced the President's sequester with commonsense spending reforms. The status quo of punting on budget reforms while the federal government spends more than it takes in cannot continue. We must end deficit spending.
"While the President spoke tonight about the many challenges facing our nation, it remains to be seen what actions he will take to improve the situation. The House will take action, as it has the past two years, to pass a balanced budget, prevent Medicare and Social Security from going bankrupt, reform the tax code, ensure that our troops have the resources needed to defend our nation, responsibly develop all of our energy resources, and provide opportunities for small businesses to grow and American families to prosper.
Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) released the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union speech:
"Instead of strengthening the middle class through real economic growth, the President's plan relies on outdated tax and spend economics. The President already got a massive tax increase, but he still wants to tax more, spend more and rely on government growth instead of private sector innovation.
"Strengthening the spirit of America doesn't mean more bureaucracy. It means economic health and growth through small business, not big government. It means a country where people's hard work allows them to move up and achieve their dream. We are not a nation that government made – we are a nation who's people make a good government. I will fight for the people who will be hurt most by President Obama's policies: the poor, middle class and hard working Americans who just want a good life for their families."