Schatz, Hirono praise remarks

Sen. Brian Schatz issued high remarks to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

“Tonight we heard the president lay out his vision for the year ahead to ensure that our economy continues its recovery and that our economic policies and priorities strengthen and expand the middle class,” the Democrat said in a statement.

“This is particularly important in Hawaii, where the high cost of living makes it tougher for hard-working middle class families to share in the American Dream,” he said. “For too long, the wealthiest Americans and big corporations have used unfair loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.”

Sen. Mazie K. Hirono also gave high marks.

“The president made it clear he is on the side of the middle class, and I’m proud to stand with him on the side of working families. I will support the president’s efforts that strengthen our economy and grow the middle class,” she said.


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