Statement by Congressman David N. Cicilline on the President’s State of the Union Address

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Speech:

“Tonight, President Obama laid out a clear set of proposals that will help strengthen the middle class, grow our economy, and ensure that all Americans who play by the rules have an equal opportunity to succeed.   

“The President’s agenda would make targeted investments in infrastructure, manufacturing, job training, and early childhood education.  This is a commonsense, practical approach that will create jobs, close the skills gap, and help U.S. businesses compete in today’s global economy. 

“While I am pleased the President will take executive actions to address some of these issues, like increasing the minimum wage for federal contractors, Congress needs to do its part to accomplish the big jobs of repairing our economy, advancing U.S. manufacturing, fixing our broken immigration system, renewing unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed, and increasing the minimum wage for all Americans working full time.

“We face many difficult challenges in the year ahead and I look forward to working with the President and with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to create good paying jobs and move country forward.” 

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