WASHINGTON – President Obama will deliver his State of the Union tonight to Congress. In the address, president Obama will lay out his goals for the coming year as they relate to a myriad of national issues, including healthcare, growing the economy and immigration.
Chautauqua County’s Representative Washington – Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning) – will be in attendance for the address and says he’s hoping to hear President Obama layout realistic and obtainable goals that involve both sides of the aisle working together.
“What I’m not looking for is a simple laundry list of why the President and other Democrat’s agenda is the only way to go. What I’m looking for is something that is not the ‘my way or the highway’ approach, but to see if there’s an area that we can come – in a divided government – together to find common ground and to achieve for the upcoming year.”
According to some Washington insiders, the president may mention the possible use of executive orders to obtain some goals, if congress is unwilling to cooperate. Reed says that’s not something he would like to see happen…
“He is not going to be president forever and what could be established by this president in regards to executive authority could be utilized by future presidents that maybe people don’t agree with,” Reed explained. “That’s the beauty of our system of checks and balances – and that’s where I’m a strong believer in our constitution and what our founding fathers put together. Seeing the president utilize this executive authority to the level that it has and he’s contemplating doing [this] is something we all should be concerned about.”
The Presidents State of the Union Address will air tonight, beginning at 9 p.m.