Weekly addresses put State of the Union in spotlight
February 16th, 2013
06:01 AM ET
9 years ago

Weekly addresses put State of the Union in spotlight

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and GOP Rep. Martha Roby turned to this week's State of the Unionin their weekly addresses Saturday as each
offered priorities for federal spending.

Obama broadly outlined the proposals he argued for Tuesday and stood by his claim that the initiatives would not increase the federal deficit, though he provided no details about the costs or plans to pay for them.

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"These steps will help grow our economy and rebuild a rising, thriving middle class," the president said. "And we can do it while shrinking our deficits. We don't have to choose between the two - we just have to make smart choices."

His ambitious plan includes investment in research, technology, preschool programs and improved high school education. Obama also called for tax reform, immigration reform and increasing the minimum wage.

He took his agenda on the road this week to North Carolina, Georgia and his hometown of Chicago, where he spoke about strong communities and against gun violence. He did not mention gun control in his weekly address.

Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, the deadline to replace across-the-board spending cuts of the sequester with cuts more palatable to either or both parties is fast approaching.

Roby, a Republican from Alabama, blamed the sequester on Obama and explained how it would hurt her district.

"Fort Rucker would lose 500 students training to be combat aviators and roughly 37,000 hours of aviation training," she said. "These numbers are astonishing. And remember, this is just one set of cuts at one base."

She criticised Obama for "using the military he leads as leverage in an ideological crusade for higher taxes."

While the government is wasting money, she said, Obama should not be contemplating tax increases.

Instead, the president should look at the sequester alternatives passes by the Republican-led House.

It is expected to be a quiet week on Capitol Hill with lawmakers out of town. Obama spends the weekend on vacation in Florida.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Obama's priorities have been a disaster from day one. They will continue to be totally wrong for the next 4 yrs. Obama is a narcissistic dictator, who thinks he is the only one, who knows what is best for America.

    That fact, is why he is bad for America, and time will bear out that fact.

    February 16, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. jpmichigan

    Investments = spending, you need to realize that the State of the Union is a coded message by the President to raise taxes to pay of the increase spending, and the debits, let the next President worry about how to pay for it.

    February 16, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. bcrunner

    Of course! We should give tax breaks (welfare) to oil companies that make billions and zero corporate rates and instead go after Mom's and Dad's social security and medicare benefits. And, go after that guy's unemployment benefits... you know.. that guy who has 2 kids at home and has been looking for a job for months...

    February 16, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |