Local lawmakers react to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Our Innae Park reports.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- One of President Barack Obama's biggest goals in Tuesday's State of the Union was to strengthen the domestic economy. Local lawmakers also want to make the economy a priority.
The president spoke about reforming the tax code, and Congressmen Paul Tonko and Chris Gibson both support that reform. They believe it will bring overseas jobs back to the United States.
"The confidence that we can build, certainly the purchasing power we can give to the middle income community, grows customers, which is the greatest need for small business," said Tonko.
Gibson added, "Manufacturing, this is really what will make a difference for our country, reindustrializing, bringing manufacturing jobs back that will really grow the economy, but it will help address income inequality."
Manufacturing jobs is an area that Obama highlighted as a top priority last year. However, the industry only added 77,000 jobs in 2013. That is the lowest number since 2009.
According to Gibson, the president made some good points, but says he doesn't see enough involvement. He's calling on Obama to be more engaged in negotiations between the two parties to allow for change.