Rep. Alan Nunnelee says Obama doesn't recognize the extent of the debt crisis and out-of-control spending. Sen. Thad Cochran says the government needs to be run in a way that encourages economic activity by providing certainty, stability and low taxes.
Sen. Roger Wicker says the president missed an opportunity to outline a plan to cut federal spending and put the country on a fiscally-responsible path. Rep. Gregg Harper says he was disappointed Obama said little about energy independence. Rep. Steven Palazzo did not issue a comment.
Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson praised Obama's steps to improve infrastructure and cybersecurity.