Today Congresswoman Niki Tsongas released the following statement on President Barack Obama's second inauguration.
"On November 6, 2012 the American people voiced their resounding support for President Barack Obama and his vision for continuing to move our nation forward. Today, as he takes the oath of office and begins his second term, that progress begins in earnest.
"Our nation faces some great challenges, but I believe Americans and Congress in particular could have no greater partner in the White House than Barack Obama. As we have seen over the past four years, President Obama has a penchant for tackling difficult and complex issues that impact the lives of every American. We have every reason to believe this commitment to progress at the highest level will continue with sustained vigor.
"Of course, growing our economy remains a national priority and I look forward to working with the President and my colleagues in Congress to find a balanced approach that brings in more revenue while we also find ways to cut federal spending. I am confident that we can focus on job growth, take a hard look at comprehensive tax reform and make a real down payment on the national debt in a way that protects the vital services that bolster so many Americans.
"While strengthening our economy and getting our fiscal house in order must be our highest priorities, I also welcome the President's commitment to proposing a national policy to limit gun violence and to address comprehensive immigration reform.
"President Obama has already begun the difficult discussion on how best we can prevent gun violence, an issue that hit home for him and all Americans after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Sandy Hook Elementary was a call to action echoed by President Obama. I will work with my colleagues in Congress to make sure we have this long overdue conversation and it does not becomestagnant or bullied into silence by seemingly untouchable organizations.
"Embracing immigrants and their families is one of our country's great strengths, but our current immigration system is broken. True immigration reform will require strong bipartisan cooperation, and I am committed to working with the President and across the aisle to seize the moment and accomplish this critical task.
"President Obama's first term successes reinforce my confidence in his ability to find the common ground necessary to strengthen our economic standing, our public safety and our nation's future. This historic President had an historic first term, enacting reforms on some of our nation's most complex issues. He signed into law landmark health care legislation designed to improve the quality of our health care system, provide expanded access to care, and lower the cost of health insurance. As it continues to be implemented in the years to come, we should fully expect to see a positive impact on our nation's health and the pocketbooks of American families.
"The President took significant steps on advancing policies that expand women's rights. The first bill the he signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which protects workers discriminated against on the basis of gender. There is still important work to be done, including the fight against sexual assault in the military, and I look forward to working with the Administration moving forward."
"As we celebrate the second Inauguration of President Obama, we also remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King's words of hope and unity remain so relevant and inspiring in today's America. There is no more fitting way to pay tribute to his legacy than once again swearing in our nation's first African-American President."