Mid-South lawmakers respond to State of the Union address

Mid-South lawmakers respond to State of the Union address

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 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.

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.

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