Congressman Reed reacts to Obama's State of the Union address

Courtesy of Rep. Tom Reed
January 29, 2014

In his fifth State of the Union address, President Obama promised to make any and all policy changes he can that don’t require Congressional approval.

Republican Congressman Tom Reed says he was disappointed in the over all tone of President Obama’s speech.

“If you’re truly serious about finding common ground, I don’t believe you need to threaten.”

Reed also disagrees with the President’s call to restore long-term unemployment benefits. He recommends tax breaks for companies that hire the long-term unemployed or public-private partnerships to encourage more hiring.

“That’s getting people in a position where they really know how to fish and stand on their own two feet.”

Reed didn’t disagree with everything in the speech. He says he was encouraged by Obama’s support for natural gas drilling.