Lawmakers Praise, Deride President Obama’s First State of the Union Speech

BY Quinn Bowman  January 28, 2010 at 2:45 AM EDT

Several lawmakers spoke with us in the U.S. Capitol immediately after President Obama’s State of the Union address Wednesday night. Here’s what they had to say about the speech and the road ahead:

Rep. Mike Pence, R- Ind., is a member of the House Republican leadership. He said he approved of the president’s call for fiscal discipline but that he was disappointed that he wants to freeze some government spending later, instead of now. Pence added that he was profoundly disappointed that President Obama renewed his commitment to a “government takeover of health care.”

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said that the president was calling on the Senate to give bills an up-or-down vote, instead of using delaying tactics to stall legislation. “Stop the filibuster,” Leahy told us. “The American people want us to vote.”