"In promoting a truly balanced approach to our fiscal woes tonight, President Obama highlighted the emerging economic consensus in this country: that while cutting spending and tackling the long-term drivers of our debt and deficit are essential, those actions must be paired with pro-growth measures for our communities, businesses and entrepreneurs.
That means comprehensive tax reform and smart investments in education, infrastructure and the innovation industries that will keep our country at the forefront of the global economy.
The President's focus on the future of our middle class is welcome news to cities and towns across the 4th District and the entire Commonwealth. Education, advanced manufacturing and emerging industries like clean energy hold the keys to tomorrow's jobs. Any realistic plan for economic growth must strengthen and promote these sectors.
Tough times require creativity and courage. I applaud the President for meeting the challenges of today with challenges of his own; urging us to act now on gun safety, immigration, climate change and this country's economic future."