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Mississippi Congressmen react to State of the Union Address

By Teresa Collier | Published 26 Jan 2011 03:36pm | comments
President Obama delivers the State of the Union address

President Obama reached out to Republicans in his second State of the Union address. That approach seemed to work for some Mississippi lawmakers. Manuel Quinones (kin-YON-es) reports.

Republicans were generally receptive to the President’s plan to freeze discretionary spending for five years, to end lawmaker spending requests known as earmarks, and to address burdensome regulations. Congressman Alan Nunnelee says he can work with the President on those issues. But he wants to make sure they are not empty promises.

NUNNELEE - “The President talked about reviewing regulations that are costly, that make it where we cannot compete in the job market, I would be very supportive of that.”

Like Nunnelee, it was also Congressman Steven Palazzo’s first State of the Union night. He calls the President’s pledge a “step in the right direction.” But he also says actions speak louder than words.

PALAZZO - “I’m hoping he’s sincere that he’s going to reach out to the Republicans and the conservatives and independents as well as the Democrats in seeking common sense solutions to the problems of the country.”

In an attempt to show bipartisanship, Democrats and Republicans decided to scrap tradition and sit with each other. That resulted in some unique pairings. Nunnelee, for example, sat next to Congressman Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, who is among the most liberal Democrats.

From Capitol News Connection, I’m Manuel Quinones, M-P-B News.

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