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Calvert Responds to Obama's State of the Union Address: No More 'Unilateral Executive Actions And Regulations'

U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert represents the 42nd Congressional District, which includes the Riverside County cities of Corona, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Murrieta, Menifee, parts of Temecula and surrounding unincorporated area.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill on Jan. 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Downing-Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill on Jan. 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Downing-Pool/Getty Images)
Congressman Ken Calvert, R-Corona, issued the following statement Tuesday evening in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“During the remaining three years of President Obama’s term in office the majority of the American people want him to govern from the middle – not from the radical liberal left. The President needs to accept and respect the fact that voters elected a Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Instead of threatening more unilateral executive actions and regulations, I would urge the President to sit down with members from both parties and find common ground. In the House, we have approved a number of bills on a bipartisan basis that address our continued jobs shortage and the disastrous implementation of ObamaCare. Encouraging the Senate to take up these bills would be a productive starting point for President Obama’s 2014 agenda.”


During his hour-long speech Tuesday, the president indicated he would sign a bill to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 for employees of federal contractors. He urged legislators to support across-the-board increases in minimum wages as part of his stated goal to strengthen the middle class by closing the gap between the rich and poor.

If he does not get Congressional support for that and other initiatives (Read more about his speech here), Obama indicated he was not afraid to go it alone.

“...What I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class,” Obama said. “Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you.  But America does not stand still – and neither will I.  So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Jeff Kleiner January 29, 2014 at 10:59 AM
LBV Collins......staying in the middle does not make things change. Calling a duck a duck is the only way to show MOST people who are leaning harder to the side of improving America and who are trying to increase Corporate profit away from families. Saying the Right in this country are Racists, Prejudiced, Intolerant and Discriminatory is a fact. Does that mean every one of them are....of course not. But the ones that represent the base in government follow the lead of the people in their territories....So two plus two equals what they are and who they represent. Obama has governed from the middle and nothing gets done, because the other side will not compromise. Its all or nothing. So I say good for him......govern the best way you can.....overcome, adapt and take no prisoners.
Jeff Kleiner January 29, 2014 at 11:06 AM
How about telling BONER to take up Senate Bills? How about telling Boner to not let scumbags shut the government down over ridicules, immature tantrums. Calvert of course would say nothing. Pass the bi-partisan Immigration Bill the Senate passed and allow Amnesty. Then we will see if conservatives are not racists, not intolerant, not prejudiced and full of discrimination? As John Wayne would say...."that'll be the day".
SA January 29, 2014 at 11:35 AM
He is a freaking horrible President and uses a severally injured soldier to make himself look good… 4 million out of 300 million signed up for bogus healthcare, stating that he will go above congress and unilaterally raising minimum wage for lazy kids … The man is radical I guess all his supporters have forgotten about his memoirs …
ChrisG January 29, 2014 at 11:52 AM
@jeff, most all of the reports (from many news sources....google it. Im busy working so I can be taxed to support people like you) of new Obamacare applicants are from people that had their insurance cancelled. The people that had no insurance before still do not have insurance. Do you know why? Insurance costs too much. Do you know why I know my insurance rate increases are the direct result of Obamacare? It is because from 2002 to 2010 my insurance cost did no double. From 2010 to 2014 it just more than doubled. Obama claims there are 40 million uninsured, that is not counting the ones that had their insurance cancelled. Yet only 4 million have signed up? You think that is good? You have your Obamacare insurance? You have your Obama phone? What else are the taxpayers paying for you Jeff? Can't you support yourself? The republican did try working with the democrates. But the democrats are unwilling to compromise. You think this is a one way street. It is not.
ChrisG January 29, 2014 at 12:02 PM
@LBV, the House has sent numerous legislation to the Senate regarding all sorts of issues. Health care, budgets, etc. The Democrat controlled Senate refuses to take them up. Obamacare was enacted when the Democrats controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. The Republicans offer compromise but Obama will have nothing to do with that. That is failure of leadership on the part of the President.
Steve Newman January 29, 2014 at 12:11 PM
ChrisG-SA- be careful, Kleiner might think you are attacking him and call your wife a bloated cow like he called mine. A real classy guy. Represents the left very well.
SA January 29, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Mr. Newman verbal attacks are course for par when people support socialism their facts and thought process are not firing (BTW I do not care what capacity slanderous remark is made when it is made to harm a female)… I highly doubt Mr. ChrisG fabricated the fact that his healthcare has doubled in cost etc… So to all that supports this President his policies have caused the cost of living to jump drastically up so thank you for that!
B-Cat January 29, 2014 at 04:42 PM
SA:- Radical left-extreme right etc etc, The soldier that had his 10th deployment and was severely wounded stood on his own [and i dont mean physically]. He was applauded aside from the politics in the room last night for his dedication to defending America regardless of who's the president. In a night of the presidents address to the nation it might have been the only thing that all the people in the chamber came together on. Every president no matter what side of the coin they are on always have a soldier sitting in the room, and rightfully so. Our soldiers dont question whos in the oval office and they dont question the orders given to them, they just follow them as ordered. No president will ever be in a higher position than the lowest ranked soldier that defends us all. Thank You.
Steve Newman January 29, 2014 at 06:24 PM
Obama dropped the ball on several key issues- gun control, drugs, and mental health- He stated at the beginning of his destruction of the Country he would order GITMO closed immediately- 5 years later- still there. That is effective leadership- no. All he can talk about is jobs- again an issue 5 years ago and income inequality, or socialism for the layperson. The do nothing know nothing President- "You can keep your insurance if you like it, period. What happened there Barak? As the rumor mill is swirling about the Patch closing- I'd like to say it has been fun- but I don't lie like Obama. Some good, some bad( we know who that is
Steve Newman January 29, 2014 at 06:26 PM
B-Cat- did you ever wonder why the sgt had deployed 10 times - a deployment is normally 1 year- must have been the good job market back home.
Jeff Kleiner January 29, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Stevie, people who were dropped only because their insurance was below the minimum requirements in the Obamacare package. They get better insurance AND get subsidies and rebates so it hardly costs a thing. Your wife gets better care on her disability and her Prescription D costs. OBAMACARE can never be repelled. Its benefiting so many people right now. It's just the Right screams and BELLY ACHES louder. Oh and thanks ChrisG for paying into the Disability and Medicare system......the government makes it work spectacular. I paid in for forty two years now its YOUR TURN....LOL. Stevie, go get the water I can hear the mooing from here.
Jeff Kleiner January 29, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Obama has the Party of NO obstructing every path he goes down...its a joke, people laugh about how bad it is and the Senate was forced to use the Nuclear option on the Confederates in Congress. ROFLMAO.....the President saved our Country when he took office......Conservatives had abandoned the place and Obama came in and saved the banks and the American Auto Industry.....lets see bonehead, Passed Health Care Reform, Passed the Stimulus, Passed Wall Street Reform; Ended the War in Iraq, Began Drawdown of War in Afghanistan, Eliminated Osama bin laden, Recapitalized Banks, Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Toppled Moammar Gaddafi, Told Mubarak to Go, Reversed Bush Torture Policies, Improved America’s Image Abroad, Kicked Banks Out of Federal Student Loan Program, Expanded Pell Grant Spending, Created Race to the Top: With funds from stimulus, started $4.35 billion program of competitive grants to encourage and reward states for education reform., Boosted Fuel Efficiency Standards, Coordinated International Response to Financial Crisis, Passed Mini Stimuli, Began Asia “Pivot”: In 2011, reoriented American military and diplomatic priorities and focus from the Middle East and Europe to the Asian-Pacific region, Increased Support for Veterans, Tightened Sanctions on Iran
Jeff Kleiner January 29, 2014 at 07:08 PM
Created Conditions to Begin Closing Dirtiest Power Plants, Passed Credit Card Reforms, Eliminated Catch-22 in Pay Equality Laws: Signed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, giving women who are paid less than men for the same work ,Protected Two Liberal Seats on the U.S. Supreme Court thank God, Improved Food Safety System, Achieved New START Treaty, Expanded National Service, Expanded Wilderness and Watershed Protection, Gave the FDA Power to Regulate Tobacco, Pushed Federal Agencies to Be Green Leaders, Passed Fair Sentencing Act, Trimmed and Reoriented Missile Defense, Began Post-Post-9/11 Military Builddown, Let Space Shuttle Die and Killed Planned Moon Mission, Invested Heavily in Renewable Technology, Crafting Next-Generation School Tests, Cracked Down on Bad For-Profit Colleges, Improved School Nutrition, Expanded Hate Crimes Protections, Brokered Agreement for Speedy Compensation to Victims of Gulf Oil Spill, Pushed Broadband Coverage, Expanded Health Coverage for Children, Expanded Stem Cell Research, Provided Payment to Wronged Minority Farmers, Helped South Sudan Declare Independence, Killed the F-22........and thats just a start.
Jeff Kleiner January 29, 2014 at 07:10 PM
Did you hear about the cows that exploded in Russia from the farts they produced?? The area around Stevie's house should be yellow taped off.......just in case.
Vic January 29, 2014 at 11:06 PM
If Patch is really done, I'd just like to say it's been a hell of a ride, at least here in Murrieta. Never a dull moment with the village idiot on board! (Hmmm, who could that be?) Hope they can pull it out but, if not, adios, amigos, and one Giant A**hole...
Vic January 29, 2014 at 11:48 PM
B-Cat, did you ever ask anyone in the armed forces what they think of the POTUS? They may follow orders but they are, by no means, loyal to Obama. I'm sure Obama's approval rating would be far lower than the current percentage if they polled just the military.
Steve Newman January 30, 2014 at 12:35 AM
So Convict- the Patch is closing down- probably because of you- the cow jokes are old- how is that blond wife of yours. Bet it is a lonely drive from Temecula to elsinore to see the likes of you. maybe she works late a lot- stops by Tilted Kilt for some real men- just speculating-but she should. Your time is done- you gonna be at Spellys thursday- I will- come on coward- show- everybody knows I'm calling you out you don't show- says it all- loser. racist, women hater, child molester. OCD boy.
Steve Newman January 30, 2014 at 12:46 AM
Kleiner- I want to thank you for going off the deep end- you know I can print from he computer before you can delete. Good stuff for court slimeball- keep it up- oh you can't- quite figuratively. That and the Patch is adios.
Arthur Clark January 30, 2014 at 09:41 AM
I have lived in Murrieta for 10.5 years. Who the hell is CALVERT? I didn't vote for him and he damn sure doesn't represent the interests of MY family.
So Cal Native January 30, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Obama sucks a$$!...
SA January 30, 2014 at 12:09 PM
@Vic … As I am a Vet and still have close relationships with our Military, I know firsthand that they call the President “Monday” as everyone hates Mondays and Laden’s handle was ‘Sunday’ ...
Joe Rubalcava January 30, 2014 at 12:24 PM
after reading these comments, anyone with half a brain would realize why this country is in the condition it's in. We have two of the most ignorant unethical idiotic parties with no integrity or common sense to do anything right with any sense of honor. Yet the people that do the most complaining keep voting these same fools back into office, just so they can have something to complain about, because they have nothing better to do.
Vic January 30, 2014 at 12:32 PM
@Steve, I think you meant "quite literally". Lol!
Jeff Kleiner January 30, 2014 at 02:40 PM
Seems to me this great country, TWICE, voted in Barack Obama in Electoral College landslides........LOL, conservatism will never take back the Presidency.
Jeff Kleiner January 30, 2014 at 02:44 PM
No one cares what the military thinks.....he is the Commander in Chief unless they are all Gary Stein's.
Jeff Kleiner January 30, 2014 at 02:48 PM
@SA, all my neighbors are in the military and they all LOVE and VOTED for Barack Obama.......he got Bin Laden and conservatives couldn't.......laughing at SA and "VIC".
Vic January 30, 2014 at 02:52 PM
Tell that to the next military guy or girl when you thank them for their service, Jeffe, as you do so often here on the Patch. "Thank you for your service and sacrifice, and by the way, nobody cares what you think!" An example of you're intelligence at it's finest...
ChrisG January 30, 2014 at 02:58 PM
Conservatism will take back the country when people realize that the dems are creating a country of haves and have-nots. Hope it's not too late by the time the masses realize just how bad these social programs are for us. For example, your beloved Obamacare cannot be paid for under its current form. It will need to change to single payer. That means we will have to purchase two health insurances instead of one, if you can afford that. Just like Medicare. People are compelled to purchase Medicare and have to purchase supplemental insurance to cover what Medicare does not. It ends up costing more than what people were paying before they turned 65. The government isn't smart enough to run itself let alone manage something as important as my families health care. If you want crap insurance then let the government decide. I'll pay extra for the good stuff. The libs want a class system. The republicans want individual pay as you go. You tell me which you think will work better? All these social programs should be means tested. Nobody ever talks about that anymore. This government is too big. Into too much.
ChrisG January 30, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Conservatism will come back when everyone has to pay for government services. When there is 'free' then people vote for 'free'. Obviously a lot of people just aren't smart enough to know there is no such thing as 'free'.
SA January 30, 2014 at 07:05 PM
Jeff Kleiner January 30, 2014 at 02:44 PM No one cares what the military thinks.....he is the Commander in Chief unless they are all Gary Stein's. Recommend Flag as Inappropriate Jeff Kleiner January 30, 2014 at 02:48 PM @SA, all my neighbors are in the military and they all LOVE and VOTED for Barack Obama.......he got Bin Laden and conservatives couldn't.......laughing at SA and "VIC". 1st as usual you contradicted yourself by your aforementioned comments … 2nd was the demise of Laden all Obama? In fact Monday did not want to take out Sunday … and it took many years while Monday was preaching against America and Bush was on the hunt to gather all the intel to get Sunday … Please correct me …

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