Whip Hoyer Discusses President Obama's State of the Union Address on CNN

“I thought it was an excellent speech. I thought it was a serious speech. We have a lot of challenges. The President obviously focused on what I think is critical to the American people that's jobs, first of all… We've had an agenda we call it Make It In America in the Congress of the United States for the last two years. We’ve talked to the President about it. His manufacturing focus we think was absolutely right. We’ve lost 9 million manufacturing jobs over the last 20 years. We need to expand our manufacturing sector. We need to make things here in America. We need to provide the kind of middle class jobs paying good wages and having good benefits that the America middle class needs to grow, not shrink. He also focused on obviously the successes we've had over the last four years. We are, in fact, better off than we were in January of 2009 today by the difference of a million jobs. We lost 786,000 jobs in January 2009. We picked up 200,000 jobs this last month. That’s a million shift. That’s a positive direction. But his point was, there is much yet to be done. Not only in terms of growing jobs, making it in America, but also in getting our deficit down. Those are the two major challenges confronting us."