Reaction to State of the Union

Jan 25, 2011 Issues: Education, Fiscal Responsibility
Reaction to State of the Union

WASHINGTON, DC– U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) tonight released the below statement following the President’s State of the Union speech:

“The message President Obama sent this evening is the same message I have been hearing for the past year from the men and women of Rhode Island – the challenges we face as a nation will not be overcome with Democratic or Republican solutions, but with solutions for America. This work will be demanding and it will test the will of both parties to make difficult choices. As a Congress we need to both responsibly manage the deficit, while also making the smart investments that will create jobs now and guarantee the future prosperity of our economy.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress, the Administration, and state and local government – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike – as we focus on putting Americans back to work.

“Our nation must make the investments in education, innovation, infrastructure, science and research that are critical to rebuilding our economy. America cannot compete in the short-term if we cannot innovate, and we cannot innovate in the long-term if we fail to provide our children with access to a high quality education. America cannot move goods and services throughout the economy if our infrastructure is crumbling. And America cannot make things again, if we do not support the research, entrepreneurs, small businesses and manufacturers that transfer ideas into reality.

“Rhode Islanders, and hard working families throughout the nation, have suffered long enough. Congress must have the courage to set priorities, cut what doesn’t work or isn’t needed, and make the investments that ensure our ability to compete in the global economy today and into the future. The President’s message tonight sets the right tone for this important work, now we must work together.”