Reaction to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address is rolling in from South Florida's congressional delegation:
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. "I'm actually very disturbed by the speech tonight. The President is on the verge of committing economic malpractice. How does raising taxes create jobs? How does raising my boss’s taxes help me keep my job? Why is he advocating policies that will punish people that are investing in American businesses that are creating middle class jobs? It just doesn’t make a lot of sense. It’s the kind of policies that have taken a bad economy over the last four years and made everything worse."
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.: "I'm really looking forward to working with a lot of my colleagues in a bipartisan way and in a civil way on some of the more specific proposals that the President outlined tonight, like creating manufacturing jobs right here and bringing them back from overseas. It's about time we start seeing more things designed and produced by American workers - and stamped 'Made in the USA.' And there was also a very special moment tonight in honor of Gabby Giffords. She has showed all of us what it means through suffering to have courage, and ultimately victory."
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami: "Unfortunately, President Obama’s State of the Union is yet another example of lofty rhetoric and empty promises. Hispanic-Americans, like all communities, are looking for clarity and leadership," she said. "Our economy will not improve if we continue the failed policies of deficit spending and over-regulation. With national unemployment and unemployment in my home state of Florida so alarmingly high, it is time to put partisanship aside and unleash the power of the American entrepreneur."
Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar: "I am acutely aware of the need to create jobs and a skilled workforce, and I am dedicated to doing just that. To this end, I agree with the President that the United States must recommit itself to manufacturing. We can’t make it in America if we don’t have anything that is made in America," he said. " believe it is time to shelve the political games and rhetoric that have divided our country over the past several years. We must come together, as one nation, and make America great again."
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami: "The American people need decisive actions from leaders during these difficult times, rather than more empty rhetoric. We need actions that will move our country forward, so our economy can flourish and create jobs. House Republicans have passed more than 27 bills to reduce spending, protect entitlements, and encourage new job creation; I encourage the President and his Democrat allies to join us in these efforts. The American people can't wait any longer to get back to work."
Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami: "While Florida residents continue to struggle to improve their own economic situation, President Obama gives his third State of the Union address. During the last three years our nation’s economy has worsened. The unemployment rate is higher than when President Obama was inaugurated and our national debt has grown to more than $15 trillion," he said. "If the President is going to speak on the importance of being hardworking and responsible, he has to lead by example."