Idaho Lawmakers React To State Of The Union Address


By Stephanie Mead

Washington, D.C. ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Tuesday night, President Barack Obama addressed the nation in his annual State of the Union.

Many subjects were touched upon, but state lawmakers are interested in what he had to say about minimum wage.

“In the coming weeks, I will issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their federal employees on new contracts a fair wage of at least 10 dollars and ten cents an hour because if you cook our troops meals, wash their dishes, you shouldn't have to live in poverty.”

Words about minimum wage by President Obama.

It's those words, along with other issues, that have Idaho lawmakers shaken up.

"I'm discouraged by his comments on that regard. Frankly, the President’s last five years in terms of his relationship with Congress has been ‘here's my plan; do it my way.’" Senator Mike Crapo says.

The main concern that Idaho representatives have for the future of the country is the government spending.

Both representatives from the Gem State agree that the only way this country can move forward is to start focusing on the national debt.

“He has failed to address our crippling debt and taking the wrong approach to creating jobs for the middle class family. Idahoans don't need more government intrusion and federal spending in their lives,” Senator Jim Risch says.

Both senators will continue to fight for a balanced budget in Washington.

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