Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth released the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union address:
I applaud President Obama for providing bipartisan solutions to our nation's challenges and placing the focus on how we can create jobs and expand opportunities for working Americans. He is right in that we must invest in our economy by educating and retraining our workforce, improving our nation's infrastructure, and helping small and medium sized businesses succeed. The recently approved Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project will create 65,000 jobs by 2040. This is the type of investment that can both create jobs and reduce the deficit in the long term. By supporting educational institutions like Elgin Community College and Harper College we can train workers for high paying technological and manufacturing jobs that the business owners in my district tell me they need to fill. I am encouraged that President Obama will put forth jobs legislation that will empower working Americans.
Tonight, I was also pleased to see that there is a growing consensus on both sides of the aisle that we can come to common sense solutions on immigration reform and preventing gun violence. Most Americans respect 2nd amendment rights and also understand that we have a responsibility to protect our children by keeping the most dangerous weapons off our streets and out of the hands of criminals. On immigration reform, we can secure our borders and make sure that immigrants now in the United States have a pathway to citizenship as long as they are willing to wait their turn, pay a fine and any unpaid taxes, and pass a criminal background check before becoming citizens.
Now, it is time to use this moment to put partisanship aside and get to work for the American people.