U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8), member of the House Budget Committee and House Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement in reaction to President Obama's speech to tonight's joint session of Congress.
"Clearly, President Obama came to motivate Congress to act on, rather than argue over, his American Jobs Act. The President laid out a solid plan packed with ideas that should appeal to those on both sides of the aisle. And the plan will be paid for, not adding to our nation's debt. Many of these ideas I have supported for years, such as increased funding for water infrastructure, help so localities can rehire needed teachers and first responders, and small business tax breaks. The recent flooding caused by Hurricane Irene has shown us once again how our infrastructure continues to crumble, and demonstrated the need for a National Infrastructure Bank. Congress needs to put the embarrassing spectacle of the debt negotiations behind us. All of us need to reach across the aisle for the common good. Let's get a robust jobs plan passed quickly, to put people to work, revitalize our economy, and remind the American people that our political system can work to meet our nation's urgent needs."