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Mass. Lawmakers React To State Of The Union Address

Massachusetts' lawmakers were mostly positive reacting to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night:

  • Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.): The president was right in prodding Congress to focus on the economy, but not by increasing government spending, Brown said. He said he looks forward to working with the president on improving the economy.
  • Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.): The president laid out a powerful invitation for a "politics of national purpose."
  • Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.): The president offered "a blueprint for the future," Markey said, adding that the nation must focus on renewable energy to create jobs. Markey also said he appreciates Mr. Obama's commitment to cutting the nation's debt, but it needs to be done in a responsible way.
  • Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.): The president's push for job growth is challenging, but not impossible. "He made it clear that we're up to it, as long as we acknowledge what we have to do and remain focused on it," Tsongas said.

This program aired on January 26, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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