In his response, Congressman Aaron Schock says President Barack Obama’s speech offered “the same soaring rhetoric and promises” and lacked bipartisanship.
“With respect to our nation's debt, the House of Representatives is the only body to produce and pass a budget in the past four years," says Schock. "It is time for the President and his party to stop talking about balancing the budget - and instead produce one. And pass it through the Senate which is controlled by the President's party."
Schock says Obama and his party have done little to reduce spending, introduce tax reform, and save entitlement programs.
“What our country truly needs is a road map back to prosperity," says Schock. "That is why the House will once again introduce a budget that will make the tough, but necessary decision to curb spending, and eliminate these yearly trillion dollar deficits."
Freshman Republican Congressman Rodney Davis got quite a bit of face-time on national television when he was able to greet the President on his way out of the House chamber following last night’s address.
"We talked about Taylorville. I got the chance to re-introduce myself and talk about my district a little bit," says Davis.
Davis says he liked some of what he heard from the President.
“We need to ensure we make the tax code fairer and flatter, and I was also encouraged that he brought up a kind of all-of-the-above energy approach," says Davis. "But the problem has been in the past, over the last four years, we haven’t seen a good track record on any of those issues with this administration, so I hope [Tuesday night is] the beginning of a new day.”
One thing Davis doesn’t like is a proposed increase in the minimum wage. Regarding guns, he says more needs to be done to examine mental health and other social factors leading to violence.