Vermont's congressional delegation is applauding President Barack Obama's State of the Union address for its focus on fixing the economy.
The president says many Americans are not sharing in the benefits of the economic recovery. He announced he will issue some executive orders to help address the problem.
Rep. Peter Welch is a member of the No Labels group, working to forge bipartisan solutions. He told WCAX News the president's decision to act on some issues without congressional support should not hinder broader efforts to find compromise between Democrats and Republicans.
"We've got to find ways to rebuild our infrastructure, to agree on goals and have a focus on building the economy in ways that's going to be good for all of America. So, it's not a president versus Congress thing. We in Congress, or those of us in No Labels, think that Republican and Democrats have to work together in the House to create a national strategic agenda that America can share and get behind," said Welch, D-Vermont.
Welch says he's encouraged by the recent compromises on major issues like the budget and the farm bill and hopes Congress can build on that.
Vermont's two U.S. senators also had praise for the president's focus on economic issues.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, issued a statement saying, "It's time we pay attention to our middle class, the people who are the future of our country. I am glad to see the President speak of everyday Vermonters and Americans. They need his support."
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, said, "I welcome President Obama's focus on reducing inequality and helping working families in America. The American economy is not sustainable when so few have so much and so many have so little."
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