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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 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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