by Jennifer Swift
Jan 28, 2014
08:32 PMConnecticut Politics
Connecticut Lawmakers Split Over State of the Union Speech
Democratic Connecticut politicians applauded President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, calling for their colleagues to support his proposals.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy, making note of partisan gridlock in Congress, touted the accomplishments of his own state. Those accomplishments included legislating gun laws, raising minimum wage, enacting health care reform, investing in infrastructure, education and jobs, “though “there is more work to be done.”
“Too often during the past year – and despite the efforts of the President and many in Congress, particularly Connecticut’s congressional delegation – Washington has been mired in political gridlock. But as the President highlighted tonight, regardless of inaction in Washington, progress is being made,” Malloy said in a statement.
Republicans, however regarded the speech as just more of the same.
“Millions of Americans tuned in tonight desperate for real leadership and actual solutions to the problems our nation faces. Instead, what they got was more of the same tired rhetoric that we’ve heard year after year,” State Party Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. said in a statement.
“From healthcare to the economy, Americans are not happy with where President Obama has brought this nation and it’s unlikely that another rerun of his same speech is going to change that.”
Malloy, like others in his party urged Congress to work with Obama to “find common ground.”
The state Democratic Party called the items mentioned in Obama’s speech necessary help for middle-class families.
“The President's plans to modestly raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, extend unemployment insurance and to create new retirement savings plans will protect middle-class families – the backbone of our American economy.”
Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal supported Obama’s plans announced during the speech. Murphy said the President laid out a plan for restoring and expanding “opportunity” for more people in the country.
They can do that “by raising the federal minimum wage, lowering the cost of a college education, reinvesting in America’s manufacturers, helping workers feel secure when they retire, and ensuring that health care is accessible and affordable,” Murphy said in a statement.
Murphy applauded Obama for his comments on gun control, though they were notably shorter than the ones he made in last year’s address. State Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who sent out a statement before and after the address, noted the importance of Obama addressing the issue in his speech.
Blumenthal regarded the address as “A home run on economic opportunity, and a grand slam on veterans.
“The President’s riveting and resounding address was focused exactly where our priorities need to be – empowering the middle class by creating jobs and boosting the economy, as well as the unprecedented needs of veterans. A minimum wage increase is vital because every American deserves a living wage,” he said in a statement.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who brought Lilly Ledbetter, the woman behind the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act sent out a tweet with her own comment on the address.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who brought Lilly Ledbetter, the woman behind the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act sent out a tweet with her own comment on the address. DeLauro, in her orange outfit, made several on-camera appearances during the evening. Courtesy of Miles Halpine, here's a gif of DeLauro giving a very excited high five.