AL lawmakers respond to Obama's final State of the Union address

AL lawmakers respond to Obama's final State of the Union address

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAFF) - The following are responses from Alabama lawmakers regarding President Obama's final State of the Union address, shortly after his concluding remarks Tuesday night.

Congressman Robert Aderholt:

The good news is that this was the President's final State of the Union address.  The bad news is that just like his previous seven addresses to Congress, it was unfortunately filled with the rhetoric, partisanship and divisiveness the American people have rejected.

Senator Richard Shelby:

Tonight's address was another political speech full of empty rhetoric that offered no real solutions to the issues facing American families and businesses each day.  While the President used the podium tonight to tout his record, Americans at home know that he is poised to leave behind a legacy of failed policies that have damaged our economy and made America weaker across the globe.

Congresswoman Martha Roby:

For all President Obama's lofty rhetoric and aspirational soundbites, tonight's speech offered little in substance for how to actually address the nation's problems. I was particularly disappointed that, once again, the president came up short of delivering a bold, decisive, comprehensive strategy to defeat Islamic State terrorists. Instead, we got a lecture on the semantics of war.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell:

President Obama's legacy will be one of a man who sought to unify a divided nation, and whose very election illustrates how far our nation has progressed since Martin Luther King, Jr., dreamed of equality.

Senator Jeff Sessions:

President Obama's policy agenda on trade, crime, immigration, spending and debt all have one common feature: they make life harder for working Americans and put the country at needless risk.

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