Congressman Alan Lowenthal issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013:
"I believe that we have reached a watershed moment when we can either look forward and do what is right or look back and repeat the mistakes of our past. I, like the President, choose to move forward with a plan that spurs sustainable economic growth, creates high-paying jobs, promotes equality for all, and responsibly reduces our deficit, while protecting the middle class.
By increasing investments in our infrastructure and by focusing on becoming the global leader in green energy technologies, we will be successful in reinvigorating growth and consumer confidence, while at the same time addressing the important issue of climate change.
I was also pleased that the President focused on the need for comprehensive immigration reform -- a better-built system that personifies the opportunities and promises of the American Dream for all new Americans. This is a pivotal moment in our nation's history, and I am ready to work with both parties to get our country moving down the path to real economic security and global competitiveness.
I was moved when the President said "tonight matters little if we don't come together to protect our most precious resource: our children.' I agree with him when he called for a comprehensive approach to gun safety, and I am looking forward to pursuing that plan with my colleagues in Congress."