Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement tonight after President Obama delivered his State of the Union address:
“Tonight, President Obama stood before Congress and the American people and asked us to envision the stronger union we can achieve together. The plan he laid out is rooted in the same values of fairness and responsibility that have enabled generations of Americans to climb ladders of opportunity and pass their faith in the American Dream on to their children.
“The President’s blueprint draws on many of the ideas House Democrats have put forward in our Make It In America plan for job creation and economic competitiveness. Our Make It In America plan will help manufacturers expand and hire more workers, develop American energy and support new, home-grown alternative energy technologies, and invest in education to build the competitive workforce of the future.
“President Obama also spoke of his commitment to deficit reduction so we can afford these investments in America’s future, and I share that goal. Putting our fiscal house in order will provide certainty to businesses and to families, and is important for our nation’s long-term economic strength. Reform of our tax code should be part of that discussion, and reflect our values and promote the growth of our economy and jobs.
“Under this President’s leadership, we have made tremendous progress in our fight against al-Qaeda -- including the daring raid that killed Osama bin Laden and the demise of Anwar al-Awlaki, among other key terrorist leaders. After eight years of determination and heroism from our troops in Iraq, President Obama kept his promise and withdrew our forces in a way that was safe, dignified, and is consistent with our security interests in the region.“The vision the President talked about tonight is forward-looking and based on the principle that all deserve a fair shot at making it in America. I hope Republicans and Democrats will join together over the coming year to address the common challenges we face.”