McConnell: Obama’s SOTU was ‘tired, boilerplate’
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Energy: Trump energy nominees face Congress | OPEC to extend production cuts Senate confirms Trump's first lower-court nominee Top GOP senators tell Trump to ditch Paris climate deal MORE (R-Ky.) criticized President Obama’s State of the Union address, saying it was the same thing lawmakers had heard from the president before.

“It could have been a legacy-making moment,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “Instead, it was the same tired boilerplate we hear year after year.”

McConnell accused Obama of “turning his back” on the middle class and instead playing to the left wing of his party by calling for a minimum wage increase, among other things.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidGOP frustrated by slow pace of Trump staffing This week: Congress awaits Comey testimony Will Republicans grow a spine and restore democracy? MORE (D-Nev.) said he supported Obama’s decision to unilaterally raise the minimum wage of federal contractors because Congress won’t raise the federal minimum wage.

“I support the president’s action to raise the minimum wage for federal workers,” Reid said. “No American working a full-time job should be living in poverty.”

Although McConnell said he was disappointed that Obama didn’t announce any delays to ObamaCare or support for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, he was happy to hear Obama say he wants Congress to pass the Trade Promotion Authority Act. But McConnell questioned whether Obama would “follow through on trade.”

“We’re not going to stop trying to help him see that Americans are calling for a new direction — for a forward-leaning agenda that actually puts the middle class first and leaves tired left-wing ideas where they belong: in the history books," McConnell said. "And when the president is ready to work with us, he should know that we’ll be here, waiting for him."