U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8) tonight released the following statement in reaction to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech.
"Tonight, the President talked about fairness in our economy and tax code, keeping government and Wall Street accountable to the American people, and most of all, how critical it is that he and Congress do everything we can to create jobs in America. In other words, he identified the kitchen table issues for the American middle class. Representing the cradle of the American industrial revolution, I was especially pleased to hear about a dedication to spurring domestic manufacturing. We need to make things in America again," said Pascrell, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and House Budget Committee.
"We've had 22 months of private sector job growth, but we still have a long way to go in revitalizing an economy that wasn't working well for the middle class even before this crisis. The vast majority of Americans cannot afford another year of Congress being hijacked by an extremist faction within the Republican Party. I know the American people won't stand for it. Those of us who have the privilege of serving in Congress must embrace the ideas of fairness and equality, success through entrepreneurship, and mutual respect. Only that will rebuild and strengthen the middle class, both today and for future generations."