Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) released the following statement tonight, after President Obama gave his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.
"I applaud President Obama for putting forward a bold plan of action to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and lay out a blueprint for an economy that's built to last."
"With unemployment at 8.5% across the nation, and near 13% in San Bernardino County, creating home grown jobs and putting more Americans back to work must be our number one priority. Tonight, the President spoke of a vision to create jobs through a renewed focus on American manufacturing, American energy, American workers, and a renewal of American values. As the President said, it's long past time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America."
"As the President pointed out, the economic security of the middle class has eroded for decades. Too many jobs have been outsourced overseas -- and while the most fortunate amongst us have seen their incomes rise like never before, the vast majority of Americans are struggling with growing costs and shrinking paychecks. It is imperative we ensure that all Americans play by the same rules and pay their fair share as we work to bring fiscal stability, create new jobs, and grow our economy over the long term. But we can only overcome the obstacles we face if we move forward with a sense of cooperation and unity."
"Moving forward, I stand ready to work with all my colleagues -- Democrats, Republicans, and Tea Party Members alike - to strengthen employment for our veterans and returning troops, provide greater economic security for American women and families, increase educational opportunities for young people, and secure additional federal funding for worthy local projects."
"I am also encouraged that President Obama spoke of the need for comprehensive immigration reform. It is long past time we moved to fix America's broken immigration system. Only through comprehensive immigration reform will we reach a humane policy that brings families out of the shadows while also strengthening our economy, and safeguarding our national security."
"I am proud to continue to serve the people of California's Inland Empire during these historic times. We have a long road ahead of us, but with the strength and determination of the American people, and the leadership of President Obama and the Congress, we can create more jobs here at home, strengthen our economic recovery, and make sure the United States truly is a nation of opportunity for everyone."