President Should Offer Positive, Bipartisan Agenda in State of the Union
‘The State of the Union is a unique opportunity not just for the president, but for our entire country. If he lays out an agenda that corresponds to the message voters delivered in November, it could signal a truly productive moment for our country.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate Floor regarding the President’s State of the Union next week:
“We’re looking forward to welcoming President Obama to the Capitol on Tuesday.
“The State of the Union is a unique opportunity not just for the president, but for our entire country.
“If he lays out an agenda that corresponds to the message voters delivered in November, it could signal a truly productive moment for our country.
“In November, the American people told us they’re tired of Washington’s dysfunction, and they told us they’re tired of Washington prioritizing the concerns of powerful special interests over their own.
“They called for a Congress that functions again, and that’s just what we’ve been working toward.
“They called for Congress to focus on jobs and reform, and that’s just what we’ve been doing.
“They also called for President Obama to cooperate with Congress to enact a different and better reform agenda for the middle class.
“On that front, we’ve got some distance to cover.
“But Tuesday can be a new day. This can be the moment the president pivots to a positive posture. This can be a day he promotes serious, realistic reforms that focus on economic growth and don’t just spend more money we don’t have. We’re eager for him to do so.
“There’s much we can get accomplished for the American people, if the president’s willing to work with us.
“We’ll be looking for signs of that in the speech he delivers.”
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