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N.C. delegation reacts to State of the Union

• “The president has said that this is a year of action. I would submit to the president that if he wants to have a year of action, he should take up the 40 job training bills that have been passed in the House of Representatives and sitting on Sen. (Harry) Reid’s desk. That would have great merit. It would demonstrate his commitment to work with Congress. Not to bypass Congress and the Constitution.”

–U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger of Charlotte, a Republican

“Creating economic opportunity is the centerpiece of real economic recovery. Unfortunately, the policies articulated tonight are grounded in the president’s long-held belief that only by empowering the government can we improve the lives of Americans.”

–U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, a Cherryville Republican

“The American people cannot afford a doubling down of the past four year’s failed policies like Obamacare. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what President Obama promised them tonight as he once again put politics over leadership by seeking to circumvent the Constitution in order to advance his big government agenda. His attempts to pit people against each other in order to score political points will do nothing to end the pain that so many Americans are suffering under the Obama economy.”

–U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, a Concord Republican

“Too many North Carolinians are still struggling to find work as our economy continues to recover, and we should be helping arm them with the skills they need to land a job. That’s why I was pleased to hear the president talk about the importance of helping community colleges and businesses build partnerships, which is exactly what my bipartisan jobs bill, called the AMERICA Works Act, would do.”

–U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Greensboro Democrat

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