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Illinois members Costello, Kinzinger, and Schilling react to SOTU

January 26, 2011

Illinois’ newly elected congressmen were among the first to post their reactions to President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

17th District Congressman Bobby Schilling released his own video response to the President’s speech, accepting Obama’s invitation to rework the unpopular health care law.

11th District Rep. Adam Kinzinger called attention to Tuesday’s House budget resolution calling for the federal government to freeze non-securiity federal spending at 2008 levels.

We must quit spending more money than we take in and we must focus our efforts toward growing the private sector, where jobs are created.  We have tough decisions to make but we can make them while living within our means. 

“Earlier today, the House passed a Budget resolution that would cut spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels.  This, along with additional spending reforms will ensure we continue to eliminate wasteful spending, and will force government to cut up their credit cards.

“House Republicans made a promise to the people to put our nation back on track towards fiscal responsibility, economic growth and accountable and transparent government and this is a promise we intend to keep.

Democrat Jerry Costello hailed President Obama’s call for a five-year spending freeze and continued federal investment in transportation, education, research, and clean energy.

“The President delivered a confident, upbeat message about the present and future of the United States, about how we can cut costs while also making critical investments in research, education and transportation infrastructure. While we have to reduce overall spending and make serious progress in reducing the deficit and debt, we cannot do so indiscriminately. We have to leave ourselves positioned to maximize economic growth in the months and years ahead, and I appreciate the President’s attention to clean coal as part of our energy policy and the need to rebuild our infrastructure. Affordable energy and an efficient economy in the future – as well as good-paying jobs today – depend on investments in these areas.

“President Obama has outlined a workable blueprint for continuing and expanding our economic recovery. His attention to regulatory reform, streamlining government and tax reform should be well-received on both sides of the aisle, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to keep America moving forward.”

Senator Mark Kirk tweeted “tonight Americans heard more ways to spend than ways to cut.”

For those of you keeping score at home, the “designated survivor” for the SOTU was Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.   He had the football and all the nuclear codes in some undisclosed location far away from D.C. 

Former Illinois agriculture secretaries John Block (1986) and Ed Madigan (1992) have served in this capacity.

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