Tonight, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) joined his colleagues in attending the President's State of the Union address. Peters applauded President Obama's goals to invest in infrastructure, clean energy, and research. Peters, a freshman member from San Diego, sat with his fellow congressman, Tim Griffin (R-AR), as a sign of his commitment to work with members from both sides of the aisle to tackle these pressing issues.
"I am encouraged by the priorities that the President laid out tonight, particularly his focus on growing our economy and the middle class through investments in infrastructure, clean energy and research," said Peters. "America needs a basic infrastructure that encourages national and international trade commerce. We need to support advancements in our clean technology business sectors, and to invest in education and research to help spur innovation in our scientific research facilities."
Peters acknowledged that there are still significant challenges ahead but that it's Congress's responsibility to meet these obstacles with a focus and determination to problem solve.
"Growing jobs and strengthening our economy are priorities for both Democrats and Republicans. I agree with President Obama that we cannot thrive and effectively tackle the fiscal challenges ahead if we keep allowing these self-inflicted wounds to jeopardize our country. We must avoid the sequester and replace it with a plan that lowers our deficit in a fiscally sound manner. The next step will be for Congress to work together to avoid the sequester's indiscriminate cuts that will claim too many jobs and livelihoods. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to be a part of the solution, not the gridlock."
Peters sits on the Science, Space & Technology and the Armed Services Committees. Peters is using his committee assignments to pursue his priorities for San Diego.