(CNN) - Both sides homed in on the economy Saturday in their weekly addresses.
While President Barack Obama promoted his 2014 strategy to take action on helping the middle class - touting his trip to North Carolina this week and pushing for a revival in America’s manufacturing sector - Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Indiana, called on the President to urge the Democratic-controlled Senate to take up a House-approved jobs bill.
Washington (CNN) – This year will be a year of change, according to President Obama and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi.
In separate weekly addresses, both promised action on what they consider the most important issues the country faces - the economy and Obamacare, respectively.
Updated 1:00 p.m. ET, 1/8/2014
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Mississippi, urged his Senate colleagues to pass the bipartisan Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act in the GOP's weekly address Saturday.
The legislation, which passed the House in December, would take $126 million in federal money set aside over 10 years for political conventions and apply it to pediatric research. Harper co-sponsored the legislation with Democrat Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont.
(CNN) - Republican Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho asked revelers Tuesday in the GOP weekly address to remember the men and women of the military in their holiday celebrations.
"As we reach for one of those gifts under the tree and untie a bow, I encourage all of us to remember the bountiful and most prized gifts we enjoy-the gifts of freedom and worship," Risch said.
(CNN) – As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, President Barack Obama and the GOP expressed gratitude on Thursday to members of the military serving overseas during the holiday.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and a member of the Armed Service Committee, said the celebrations are a reminder to be grateful for life’s basic comforts and the nation should remember those unable to make it home for the holiday.
(CNN) - Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, blasted President Barack Obama's now infamous "keep your healthcare" pledge on Saturday in the GOP's weekly address.
"Millions of Americans are coming to realize that those are your tire tracks on their cancelled policies," Johnson said about the President, arguing that it's "obvious that you didn't inadvertently misspeak when you promised Americans they can keep their doctors and health plans."
(CNN)–Senator Dan Coats of Indiana delivered the GOP weekly address on Saturday, further stressing his party's concerns about Obamacare one month after the disasterous launch of Healthcare.gov.
"Too many Americans still cannot even access the online exchanges," said Coats, "and for the few that have, they're experiencing sticker shock."
Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate in Virginia's 2013 gubernatorial race, gave the GOP weekly address on Saturday and used the opportunity to speak out against the Affordable Care Act.
"Obamacare represents one of the largest and most reckless expansions of government in the more than 200-year history of our nations," Cuccinelli said. "I believe that Obamacare is unconstitutional."
Washington (CNN) - The Republican Party’s weekly address didn’t say a single negative thing Saturday about President Barack Obama or the Democratic Party. Not one.
Rather, Rep. Buck McKeon, R-California, struck a positive tone that focused on all the work that remains to be done, by everyone.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - While never mentioning President Barack Obama by name, Nevada's governor assailed the president's leadership of the country's economy and criticized the White House for refusing to engage with Republican opposition in Congress.
"Good executives, like all good leaders, must expect opposition when making decisions or when making or enforcing the law," Gov. Brian Sandoval said. "But executives must engage those that disagree with them."