Today, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address:
"I applaud President Obama's focus on the middle class tonight and the thousands of Americans struggling to lift themselves out of poverty. By focusing on a balanced approach to reducing our deficits, investing in proven areas for job creation like education, infrastructure and manufacturing Congress can do its part to expedite our economic recovery.
"I was particularly pleased with the President's call to increase the minimum wage. As President Obama pointed out, if he and Governor Romney can find common ground on this issue then certainly we in Congress should be able to do the same so that everyone in the richest country in the world has a fair shot at getting ahead.
"By putting petty partisanship aside and ending the continuous cycle of self-made crises, Congress can not only tackle these challenges, but also take on comprehensive reforms to fix our broken immigration system, reduce gun violence to keep our children safe and eliminate unnecessary barriers to voting.
"These are all ideas worthy of an up or down vote and it's time for Congress to get back to work on behalf of the American people."