By The Associated Press
Comments from Michigan leaders about President Barack Obama's State of the Union address:
"The president delivered a passionate vision and a practical agenda to meet the needs of American families. His focus on American manufacturing is already paying off in Michigan, where manufacturing is on the rebound and can help lead the way to a new era of prosperity for the middle class. The president's emphasis on economic fairness was very welcome. We need to make sure that all of us who benefit from our country's manifold opportunities contribute equitably to preserving and expanding those opportunities." - U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.
"The most important issue facing Michigan right now is transforming our economy to create new jobs and improving economic security for middle-class families, and I was very glad to hear President Obama focus on these priorities. I was especially pleased that the president embraced the idea of a trade enforcement unit to help crackdown on countries who continue to violate trade laws to gain an anti-competitive advantage over our businesses and workers." - U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
"Tragically for the American people, in our unfolding globalized century the president remains wedded to a failed 'Great Society' government: specifically, Washington elites dictating who gets someone else's money. For the sake of our country's economy and security, this president must learn that the great American tradition isn't redistributionism; the great American tradition is exceptionalism." - U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Livonia.
"I sincerely hope that Congress and America's private sector will embrace the president's blueprint. He's right: Today is a make or break moment for America and we need to take swift, decisive and intelligent action. We must put partisan bickering aside and work together for a better future." - U.S. Rep John Dingell, D-Dearborn.
"President Obama talked of a future where we're in control of our own energy, but time and again, he has blocked our ability to develop our vast energy resources and partner with North American allies to lessen our dependence on hostile regions of the world. The president said we need an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy, but his government's policies are keeping supplies locked away and squeezing our power sector, making energy less reliable and less affordable for working families and businesses struggling to grow." - U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph.
"Unfortunately for Michigan families, President Obama has promised a lot over the past three years but has failed to deliver. The budget deficit and national debt are at record highs, his administration is choking off American energy sources and employers continue to fear even more taxes and regulations that are already killing jobs and economic expansion. Taxpayers don't need any more big government mandates that have proven to be disastrous. - U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Howell.
"President Obama clearly laid out a blueprint to help grow the middle class by investing in American manufacturing and American workers. Having both GM (General Motors Co.) Orion Assembly Plant Manager Alicia Boler-Davis and UAW Region 1 Director Chuck Hall here ... is very special because the Orion plant would have shut down without President Obama's work to save Michigan's auto manufacturing and the shared sacrifice of GM's management and labor." - U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township.
"Michigan is ready to continue driving forward with relentless positive action. I look forward to our federal partners joining us so Michigan and America can reach their full potential. We know what needs to be done. Let's work together at all levels to make it happen." - Gov. Rick Snyder, in statement before Obama's address.
"It is good news for Flint and Michigan that American workers and manufacturing are at the core of the President's plan. ...President Obama's new proposals to reward companies that create jobs in communities affected by plant closings will help attract businesses to Flint and Michigan. This is the foundation we need for a strong community and country." - Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.
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