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Sherman Releases Statement on the President's State of the Union Address


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) made the following statement after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address:

"The President reiterated the positions he has had and expressed over the last few years. There were no major surprises.

"The President put forward a strong economic program that includes immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment benefits, pre-kindergarten education, vocational education, higher education, infrastructure investments, tax reform, and low-carbon energy.

"I regret that the President did not mention Pakistan, which is the greatest national security challenge we face. (Pakistan has close to 100 nuclear weapons.) The President barely mentioned the controversy over privacy and the National Security Agency.

"Unfortunately, the President overstated the concessions made by Iran in the recent agreement, and chose not to mention concessions we made to the Iranian government. [For background see my opening remarks and questions at the Foreign Affairs Committee hearing held earlier today]."

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