Arkansas Lawmakers Respond to State of the Union Address
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton were both critical of President Obama’s State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night (Jan. 28).
With the two Arkansans battling for Pryor’s seat in the Senate during the upcoming election, they explain how they believe the president’s “Year of Action” will impact Arkansans.
“Overall, I`m disappointed with the president’s State of the Union address because he was heavy on rhetoric but light on specifics about how we can move our country forward,” Pryor said.
Cotton’s reaction focused on the president’s health care plan.
“President Obama’s statements tonight remind me of his State of the Union promise four years ago when he said Obamacare, and I quote, ‘would preserve the right of Americans who have insurance to keep their doctor and their plan. It would reduce cost and premiums for millions of families and businesses,’” Cotton said.
Pryor said he’ll work with the president when he’s right and oppose him when he thinks he’s wrong.
“That’s why I’ve opposed his policies on gun control, the Keystone Pipeline, military action in Syria (and) regulatory overreach on our farms,” Pryor said.
Cotton said the president’s agenda is hurting the economy and preventing job growth.
“Most Arkansans I hear from are finding that their premiums and deductibles are skyrocketing under Obamacare,” Cotton said. “Many others are seeing their hours cut back at work. And many small businesses have canceled plans to hire more people and expand because of the law.”