Congressman Bobby L. Rush responds to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address:
"I commend President Obama for laying out a clear framework in his State of the Union address and offering direction for this nation's way forward."
"The President's focus on the middle class indicates his understanding that our nation's future is in manufacturing, infrastructure, clean energy, education and equipping Americans with the skills they need for tomorrow's job market."
"As ranking Democratic member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee -- the committee that oversees national energy policy, including cybersecurity of energy facilities -- the President's executive order on improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity is paramount and will continue to strengthen critical infrastructure by reducing cyber risks."
"Additionally, I applaud the President for proposing solutions to our country's pressing issues without increasing our deficit."
"Finally, as a longtime advocate of ending the scourge of gun violence I am pleased to see that President Obama has not only proposed common sense solutions to this problem but has recognized its importance and helped bring this issue to the national stage. The time to act is not now. The time to act was before violence claimed so many lives. Our country is long overdue for action and I am proud to stand with the President and work towards this goal."