WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement tonight after President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address:
“Tonight, President Obama spoke about the reality of these hard times, as well as the determination and optimism that have helped America overcome hardship in the past--the same qualities that are essential to our recovery today. Since President Obama took office in the midst of an economic crisis, America has seen significant progress, much of it due to the passage of the job-creating Recovery Act. But far more work remains to restore the promise this nation has to offer. President Obama understands that, which is why job creation and strengthening the middle class were front-and-center in tonight’s address.
“President Obama’s commitment to fiscal responsibility was unmistakable tonight. He urged the passage of a pay-as-you-go law, and he announced the creation of a bipartisan commission to address our most pressing fiscal challenges at a time of high deficits and debt. I hope that my colleagues across the aisle will join us and lend their effort and ideas to the struggle of deficit reduction.
“Finally, the president reminded us that, even in hard times, we cannot neglect policies that strengthen our future prosperity and national security. One of those is health insurance reform, which can reduce costs for families, provide more freedom to workers, and create some 4 million jobs over the next decade; for those reasons, the president reasserted his strong support for reform tonight. It is also essential to pass Wall Street reform that will bring accountability to our financial sector and put an end to the reckless gambles that endanger the future of millions of average Americans. Setting high standards for education and creating jobs with clean energy are also crucial to a recovery that is sustained and widely shared. And the president also pledged continued vigilance against terrorism at home and abroad.
“I look forward to working with President Obama and my colleagues in Congress—on, I hope, both sides of the aisle—to make this much-needed agenda a reality.”