Following President Obama's State of the Union speech tonight, Congressman Gene Green issued the following statement:
"The greatest priority for Congress is creating jobs so I was glad to hear President Obama address this as a major priority of his. I strongly agree that we need to focus on strengthening our economy for the long haul so that we don't continue to experience boom-and-bust economic cycles where the schemes of a wealthy few devastate the lives of millions of middle class families.
Our job base in the 29th District is largely based on manufacturing and energy production so initiatives that boost the number of goods made in the United States and limit outsourcing will help create more domestic jobs. In addition, increasing traditional and renewable energy production is great for job creation, increasing our energy independence and security, and addressing our long-term energy needs. I was not pleased at the President's comments about ending tax incentives for oil companies though. It's not fair to penalize one specific industry unjustly, much less one that's so critical to our nation's economy.
As the President mentioned, we need to work together to address the interests and challenges of our great nation. Everyone deserves a fair chance at the American Dream and it's the responsibility of the President and Congress, Democrats and Republicans, to take action so this is possible for current and future generations."