On January 16, 2015 Senator Mitch McConnell requested permission to address the United States Senate regarding the President’s State of the Union speech coming up. There he gave indications of what he might like to hear next week from the president:
” We are looking forward to welcoming President Obama to the Capitol on Tuesday. The State of the Union is a unique opportunity, not just for the President but for our entire country. If he lays out an agenda that corresponds to the message the voters delivered in November, it could signal a truly productive moment for our country.
In November the American people told us they are tired of Washington’s dysfunction. They told us they are tired of Washington’s prioritizing the concerns of powerful special interests over their own. They called for a Congress that functions again, and that is just what we have been working toward. They called for Congress to focus on jobs and reform, and that is what we have been doing.
They also called for President Obama to cooperate with Congress to enact a different and better reform agenda for the middle class. On that front, we have some distance to cover, but Tuesday can be a new day. This can be the moment the President pivots to a positive posture. This can be a day he promotes realistic reforms that focus on economic growth instead of spending more money than we have. We are eager for him to do so.
There is much we can accomplish for the American people if the President is willing to work with us. We will be looking for signs of that in the speech he delivers Tuesday night.
I suggest the absence of a quorum.”
Source: Congressional Record
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