Rep. Gene Green Reacts to the State of the Union
January 25, 2011
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) released the following statement after President Obama delivered the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress:
“The President has called on America to work together in a new era where the world and the rules that run it have changed. While there are many debates and discussions that will follow, there must be a singular focus: creating jobs now.
“I absolutely agree with the President in that we ‘measure progress by the success of our people.’ Right now, people are still hurting. There are those across the country and in our area that are still suffering from a down economy. Last year, Democrats in Congress began work on a ‘Make it in America’ strategy to rebuild the middle class by strengthening the manufacturing sector. It is absolutely essential that we continue to promote manufacturing jobs at home to ensure our competitiveness abroad. The President says we must invest in education and job training to win the future, and I agree. But at the present, what America needs most are jobs now. We must recapture the world market that we’ve lost.
“The President also referenced increased research and investments in clean energy to reduce our dependence on oil. While a commitment to reduce our dependence on foreign oil is essential to our nation’s security, we must safely return oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico to pre-oil spill levels. This production is essential to local jobs, the local economy, and the nation.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, in the House and the Senate to create jobs, grow the economy, and accomplish the goals the President has set that will move our country forward.”