Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, whose 10th Congressional District includes all of Stanislaus County and a piece of San Joaquin, had this response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night:
"The president had an opportunity to share with Congress and the American people his plans to solve the most serious challenges our country faces.
"The fact remains, we cannot continue spending at our current rate. We need a plan to control spending, reduce the annual deficit instead of adding to our already more than $16 trillion debt in order to expand opportunity for all Americans without raising taxes.
AP - In this 2012 photograph provided by the candidate's campaign, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., poses for a photo. Denham is being challenged for reelection to California's 10th Congressional seat by Democratic challenger Jose Hernanadez. (AP Photo/File)
"America's history is built upon immigrants seeking to find a better life for themselves and their families, building together the greatest nation on Earth. It is clear that our immigration system is broken and in desperate need of repair. I look forward to working with the president and Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate to fix the immigration system for good.
"As always, I will work to break down party barriers and continue to bring the valley's voice to Washington as we work to find common ground on issues that affect our families, our businesses and our communities."