Valley Democrats, Republicans, hopeful for compromise after State of the Union


A State of the Union that had valley Republicans buzzing.

“After all the attacks he’s getting, everyday, constantly, he’s keeping his numbers up,” Fresno County Republican Party Chairman Fred Vanderhoof said.

The president touted job growth, a healthy economy and new oil and gas exports.

His biggest message: border security. A message felt in the Central Valley.

“Even tonight, he said, he wants to have a system that works, to let people into our country,” Republican Congressman Devin Nunes said. “But they have to come in legally, so congress should take him up on that, and pass a law.”

Congressman Nunes saying that’s up to Democrats, who now control the House.

“They won the election, now they have to lead,” Nunes said.

Democrats like Congressman Jim Costa say their party is willing, even if the eye rolls and some demeanor Tuesday night, showed otherwise.

“A State of the Union speech always has political overtones,” Costa said. “There’s a compromise here that I think we should be able to workout, and we should never ever result in shutting down government as a means to leverage some political agenda.”

Some moments, keeping things light, others, Costa says, a reminder of the American bonds, that trump politics.

“And I hope the president, in the next two years, will focus more on those commonalities,” Costa said. “And if he does so, I think we’ll get some things done.”

As far as the president’s words on investigations not helping the country, Congressman Nunes called those investigations a total joke.

Reporting in studio, Megan Rupe. 

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