BALTIMORE —Maryland's members of Congress react to President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address.
Rep. Andy Harris, R-District 1
“Seven years ago, during his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama made several empty promises to hardworking Americans across this country. He promised that incomes would increase – but they have decreased. He promised that the price of health care would go down – but health care costs have skyrocketed, while quality and access to care have declined. He promised that the federal debt would decrease – but the debt has increased by 80%, placing an unconscionable financial burden on future generations to come. President Obama promised Americans security, but Americans are worried.
“Nothing in the President’s rhetoric tonight is going to make Americans feel secure or convince Americans that he kept his promises. Not today and not in the future. Republicans in the House, led by Speaker Ryan, will continue to focus on securing our nation, promoting job growth, fixing our broken and expensive health care system, and improving the economy.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-District 7
“Tonight President Obama laid out his vision for our country, not just for his final year in the White House, but for generations yet unborn. I have been very proud of his first seven years in office, and although I will miss having him as my President, I look forward to the progress we can accomplish together over the next year.