But at least one Democrat had criticism for Obama. Rep. Jim Moran (Va.) said he liked the speech but questioned Obama’s pledge to cut spending, yet spend more on key areas.
“There are some inconsistencies,” he said. “You can’t freeze domestic discretionary spending for five years and still have the money you need for research and development, particularly in health research at [the National Institutes of Health]. Education reform, transportation infrastructure — all of those things are within discretionary spending, so if you’re going to freeze it, you’re not going to accomplish those objectives. And it’s only one part of the budget. I don’t think you ought to freeze it, I think you ought to spend it.”
Kathleen Hunter and Jessica Estepa contributed to this report.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.