Suburban members of Congress on State of the Union
Here's what Congressional representatives from the suburbs had to say about President Barack Obama's State of the Union address:
"He promised tonight to dramatically increase the number and scope of burdensome government rules that increase the cost of doing business, suppress job creation and drive up energy costs for families."
• Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton
"I believe immigration reform is one of the most important issues facing Congress because it's the right thing to do morally and fiscally — passing comprehensive immigration reform would grow our economy and reduce our deficit."
• Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville
"I am encouraged by President Obama's proposals to provide relief to working families by immediately extending unemployment insurance and raising the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour."
• Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates
"Tonight, President Obama demonstrated once again he is a product of Illinois' governing mindset, one which has driven our state to rack up billions in unpaid bills and long-term debt."
• Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren of Winfield
"Congress should put aside pointless partisan political bickering and tackle the toughest challenge our country faces, which is overspending by our federal government."
• Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Highland Park
"President Obama led by example tonight — raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 and, with a stroke of a pen, improving the lives of working families around the country."
• Democratic U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston
"Tonight the President gave an optimistic speech about opportunity for American families, an economy on the rise, and leveled a call to action to ensure this is a year of progress for the middle class."
• Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Springfield
"Like the president, I believe passing comprehensive immigration reform and supporting job-training programs are areas where both sides can break through the gridlock and make genuine progress."
• Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield
"Our actions must start with smart investments in infrastructure, education and research and continue with a reasonable federal minimum wage increase."
• Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley of Chicago
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