Lawmakers have varying opinions on State of the Union speech
A local Republican Congressman said there's a lot to agree with the President on in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, but he added that the address was more about politics than anything else.
Representative Rodney Davis of Taylorville said he agrees with President Barack Obama on infrastructure investment, womens rights issues and voters rights issues. But Davis said President Obama's goal is to regain control of the House so he can have Democrat Nancy Pelosi sitting behind him at the next State of the Union in 2015 instead of Republican John Boehner.
Davis said the President's plan to use executive orders to make changes like increasing the minimum wage for federal contract workers is the wrong approach.
Davis added that President Obama's comments about Republicans trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act more than 40 times failed to mention the several times that Obama himself has made changes to the healthcare law.
Davis said it's disappointing that President Obama continues to say he wants to work with Republicans in a bipartisan way despite his actions telling a different story.
Meanwhile, Democratic Illinois Senator Dick Durbin called Tuesday night's speech an optimistic oneabout opportunity for American families and an economy on the rise, and that it leveled a call to action to ensure this is a year of progress for the middle class.
Durbin, who serves as Assistant Majority Leader in the Senate, pledged to work with his colleagues to improve opportunities for American families.
Republican Congressman John Shimkus, who represents a large portion of East Central Illinois, said he disagrees with many of the President's ideas.
One of them involves the President's plans to use his executive authority to take more actions without Congress. Shimkus called this move an unprecedented challenge to Congress by a President.