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Mid-South lawmakers respond to State of the Union address

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Mid-South lawmakers are responding to a possible $3,000 tax cut per child, per year for working middle class American families.

It's one of many proposals laid out in President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address Tuesday night.

Congressman Steve Cohen released the following statement:

“Tonight, President Obama laid out his vision to keep our country safe from terror, give the middle class better access to higher education, expand job opportunities, and improve economic fairness for all. It is a good plan for the American public and a good plan for Memphis. While those at the very top have reaped the benefits of a growing economy, the rest of our country has not. Income inequality has grown to nearly obscene levels and it is time to finally give the middle class a break.”

“The President's plan will give Americans struggling to make ends meet a tax cut and secure paid sick leave for working parents. I was also very pleased that President Obama announced a new medical research program and an effort to increase access to higher education and make college more affordable, goals that I have spent my career working to realize and have helped achieve with Tennessee's HOPE Lottery Scholarship. I hope that the Republicans who now control Congress realize that the right path forward is supporting middle class families, not just protecting the wealthiest among us, and I look forward to working with them to pass the plan that President Obama highlighted tonight.”

The president also focused on affordable child care, seven days a year paid sick leave, and two years of free community college--a program pioneered in Tennessee.

Senator Lamar Alexander released a statement on the topics:

“Unfortunately, much of what I heard from President Obama tonight are partisan proposals that don't have any chance of becoming law – and that he intends to pursue despite the message the American people sent him in November by electing a Republican Congress.

“We need to hear more about proposals that Congress might actually work on with the president: to expand free trade so we can sell more Tennessee products overseas, simplify student aid forms so more community college students can take advantage of Tennessee Promise, preventing cyberattacks and fixing No Child Left Behind.

“I'd like to hear talk more about 21st-century cures, helping to get treatments, medical devices and medicines through the U.S. Food and Drug administration more rapidly, which would help virtually all Americans. This is something that both Republicans in Congress and the president believe is important.

“There are plenty of opportunities – if the president really wants to – to work with the Republican majority to get things done that the American people want done.”

TN Congressman Marsha Blackburn  issued the following statement in response to the president's address to the nation on the State of the Union:

“President Obama's proposal to increase taxes is not a serious solution to the challenges facing our nation. The President's plan is misleading because it hurts many seniors who aren't wealthy, but depend on capital gains,” Blackburn said. “President Obama has increased our debt by $7.6 trillion over 6 years. Last year the federal government collected a record amount of $3 trillion dollars in revenue. Now he wants even more money to expand his dysfunctional government. The American people are tired of it. I have not talked to one person who thinks that more money should be sent to DC for the bloated, over grown, overreaching federal government to waste.

“Let me tell you something – we don't have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem. Sending more money to bureaucrats in Washington is not going to solve the underlying problems. We need to work on real solutions like my proposal to cut just one penny out of every dollar from discretionary spending. By cutting one percent in discretionary spending, we could save taxpayers an estimated $4 billion in just one year.

“The President also talks about his initiatives to protect personal data online and yet today we learned from the Associated Press that data firms may be tracking people as they use healthcare.gov. Depending on technology, they may be able to determine age, income, zip code, and whether you smoke or are pregnant. These findings raise new privacy and cyber security concerns. If President Obama can't protect data on healthcare.gov then why should we trust him to lead us on other cyber and privacy issues?”

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