Congressman Leonard Boswell released this statement following President Obama's State of the Union address tonight:
"President Obama's remarks laid out a blueprint for how our country can move forward together to create jobs, grow the middle class, and reduce the deficit. I appreciate that the President has directed Congress to focus on the number one issue on every Iowan's mind -- job creation and the economy -- and highlighted ways that we can do that such as rebuilding our nation's infrastructure, investing in Iowa's energy industry, building American goods with American hands, and helping more students go to college. This is crucial to making our nation competitive with the rest of world."
"The President also made an important call for fiscal responsibility with a five-year freeze on discretionary spending. In the 111th Congress, my colleagues and I made bold choices that pulled our economy out of a recession to the point where it is growing again and unemployment is on the decline in Iowa. Now it is time to tighten our purse strings, do away with programs that are not working or duplicative, while continuing to support the initiatives that are responsible for creating an environment where our economy can grow. I support the President in this call."
"In the 112th Congress, I am hopeful that lawmakers can continue the feelings of camaraderie and good will that grew out of the tragedy in Tucson, and work together toward building solutions that work for every American."