Congressman Albio Sires issued the following statement regarding President Obama's State of the Union Address:
"President Obama's State of the Union Address rightfully focused on building a strong economy and the importance of supporting the middle class. I support the President's effort to increase partnerships between growing businesses and communities colleges to train workers for new high-tech job opportunities. I was encouraged by his proposal to reward companies that create jobs and train workers in the country's hardest-hit areas through tax breaks. We should provide tax incentives to businesses that keep jobs in America.
"The President also spoke of the continued need to reduce dropout rates and make college affordable for every student. This goal is essential to ensure our country's success into the future. With smart economic policies and improved education programs, we can bring more jobs to the United States.
"The devastated housing market continues to impact the lives of millions of Americans who are struggling to pay high mortgages on houses with declining values. I look forward to working with the President to help more homeowners refinance to save thousands on their mortgages each year.
"America needs to invest in our infrastructure -- our roads, bridges, and railways. As the President explained, tough economic times are no reason to turn away from large scale projects that will have large scale benefits. In the short term, infrastructure projects will create jobs, and in the long term, these investments will improve the lives of generations to come.
"Our country needs pragmatic solutions, and it is my hope that my colleagues and I can work across the aisle to promote many of the initiatives the President proposed. Let's show our commitment to the American people by immediately passing a long term extension of the pay roll tax cut."