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Texas representatives resist Obama's 'Year of Action'

Assistant News Editor

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 23:01


AP Photo | Charles Dharapak

President Barack Obama makes a statement in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, after he spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

President Barack Obama shook the floor at Tuesday’s State of the Union address when he declared his intentions to progress his plans for the nation, with or without the involvement of Congress.

As the president addressed Congress and the nation, he made it clear that while plans are not necessarily set in stone for 2014, he will do what it takes to bring progress to the nation.

“To every mayor, governor, state legislator in America, I say you don’t have to wait for Congress to act,” Obama said. “Of course, to reach millions more, Congress does need to get on board.”

While standing firm in his dedication to make changes to the country, Obama made his willingness and desire for cooperation clear.

“I want to work with Congress to see how we can help even more Americans,” Obama said. “Some [proposals] require congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you.”

The decisive tone of the president’s speech left many Republican Texas representatives upset.

In one case Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, actually walked out of the House Chambers during the president’s address.

“Tonight, I left early after hearing how the president is further abusing his constitutional powers,” Stockman said. “Needless to say, I am deeply disappointed in the tone and content of tonight’s address.”

When speaking of plans for the future, Obama focused on what had not been accomplished since his last State of the Union Address, making obvious a note of the issues Congress has not tackled.

The matters of gun control, tax reform, minimum-wage increase, education reform and many more issues were addressed, not necessarily as failures of the past year, but potentially areas of improvement for 2014.

With the ideas of grade-school education reform and student loan debt reform being among the plans Obama has laid out for the close future, students should prepare for a long wait before they see any major changes.

As for Sam Houston State University and the surrounding 8th Congressional District, Rep. Kevin Brady, R-TX, continued his opposition to the Obama administration.

“The president continues to be the most divisive president I’ve ever worked with,” Brady said. “It is the wrong path for America. They want us to work together.”

Brady, who is the chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, voted to raise the student loan rate for graduates, a point of difference to Obama’s plans for student loan reform.

“We’re offering millions the opportunity to cap their monthly student loan payments to 10 percent of their income, and I want to work with Congress to see how we can help even more Americans who feel trapped by student loan debt,” Obama said.

Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, disagreed with Obama’s stance on utilizing his executive power.

“The president had a chance to tell the American people how he would work with Republicans. He failed to do that,” Olson said.

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