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Congressman Mike Rogers Disappointed After State Of Union

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Lawmakers across the country and across the state are offering their thoughts today on the President's speech and outlook for the US.

"After all, that's the spirit that has always moved this nation forward," said President Obama, 5th State of the State Union address.

Moving the nation forward was President Obama's central message in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Wednesday, many lawmakers are reacting to how the President plans to do just that on a number of key issues, including education, minimum wage and job growth, immigration reform and foreign policy.

One of those lawmakers is Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan's 8th district, whom 6 News Evan Pinsonnault caught up with this morning.

"I'm disappointed in the speech in that the president could have talked about reform," said Congressman Mike Rogers. "All those issues were right there and he didn't take advantage of them,"

 Congressman Rogers added he thinks the President has also lost any foreign policy advantage when it comes to the war on terror, a topic he often advises the White House on as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

"You don't get to end the war on terrorism, so that's the problem. Just by leaving the war, it just means you quit the war if you want to be known for ending the war, that's one thing. If you want to be known for making sure Americans are safe by not allowing safe havens were terrorists can operate and plan attacks, then that's not the direction to go."

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