WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement tonight following President Obama's address to a Joint Session of Congress and the nation:
“Tonight, President Obama inspired our nation to confront our economic crisis and turn adversity into opportunity. He articulated our challenges clearly, without sugarcoating, but also conveyed a vision for a brighter future.
“Having passed recovery legislation to create or save more than 3 million American jobs, Congress will follow through on the rest of the President’s economic agenda that he outlined tonight. I am also pleased that he emphasized how important it is that our nation return to budgetary sanity. Congress looks forward to an honest, gimmick-free budget.
“President Obama also made clear that to ensure long-term economic growth we must invest in our nation’s future. Reforming health care, pursuing energy independence, and modernizing education are not easy goals, but are essential to securing our nation’s economy for generations to come.
“The President also spoke of our need to make a real commitment to the stability of Afghanistan, leave Iraq to its people, and to once more be a constructive player in the Middle East peace process. I expect that the Administration's spirit of responsibility and pragmatism will also extend to foreign policy.
“The challenges confronting our nation are great, but I am confident in President Obama’s leadership and that better days lie before us. The vision he laid out tonight will restore the strength, security, and prosperity of America, and I look forward to working with him in the days and months ahead.”