Rep. Peter Welch made the following statement after the President's State of the Union address:
"Tonight, the President hit the nail on the head: It's time to start making this economy work again for working people. America's greatest strength has always been economic opportunity. While the economy has rebounded on Wall Street, it has a long way to go on Main Street. Pay checks for folks who punch the clock or earn a salary are no higher than they were five years ago. The middle class is still struggling. And it's especially tough for young adults just getting out of college who graduate with a mountain of debt and uncertain job prospects.
"Congress has to focus on policies that will rebuild the middle class, like investing in infrastructure, energy efficiency, expanding broadband, making college more affordable, and investing in research. Doing so will be good for the middle class and good for the long term health of America. President Obama should collaborate with Congress where there is common ground. But, wherever this Congress adopts a "just say no" approach, he should use all of the legal authority available to him to create opportunity and rebuild the middle class."