Our local federal lawmakers were closely watching last night's State of the Union address.
It was a big night as President Obama gave his fifth State of the Union and opinions from both sides of the aisle are now coming in.
South Dakota's lone U.S. House Representative, Kristi Noem, released a statement saying, "Now is the time for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to come to the table and find real solutions to our nation's problems. I stand ready and willing to do just that."
Republican Senator John Thune called on the president to show leadership. He said in a statement, "I am one of many, I believe, Republicans, here in the Congress, who stands ready and willing to work with the president to solve our nation's problems and put us on a more sustainable fiscal path to get the economy growing again and creating jobs, raising the standard of living and the quality of life for middle class families in South Dakota. But that takes policies that will make it less expensive and less difficult for our small businesses to create jobs."
Senator Tim Johnson also released a statement. He said, "We are not going to simply cut our way to prosperity. We also need to invest in America's future by investing in education from pre-school to college to give our children the tools they need to thrive in tomorrow's economy."
Senator Johnson did say he was disappointed that a farm bill wasn’t mentioned in the address.