Applauds President Obama’s Focus on Middle Class, Job Creation


WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement tonight in reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union address. She is the senior Democrat on the subcommittee responsible for funding the departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services. DeLauro was accompanied to the speech by Carlos Soto, brother of Victoria Soto, who lost her life in the Sandy Hook attack.


“Together with his Inaugural address, President Obama has outlined a forward thinking vision of how to grow the economy, put the middle class back on solid footing, and ensure a more fair society. Tonight the focus was on the number one issue facing America: creating jobs and rebuilding a thriving middle class.


“As the author of the Paycheck Fairness Act, it was critical to hear the President talk about the need to ensure equal pay for equal work. June marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, yet women still make only 77 cents to a man’s dollar. That must end and I will continue to fight to make the wage gap a thing of the past.


“I was particularly glad to see the President emphasize the need innovative infrastructure investment and incentivizing manufacturing as key ways to create jobs here at home—and not overseas—to better compete in the global economy. I have long championed the creation of a National Infrastructure Bank and tax relief for small manufacturers that invest in their companies and employees. The President made clear tonight that we must take these steps to strengthen our economic recovery and I urge my colleagues in Congress to do so expeditiously.


“I also applaud the President for addressing the critical need for early childhood education, which we know pays off over the long term.  I look forward to working with the President to ensure that early childhood investment builds off of the best early childhood programs that exist today.


“Finally, I was pleased to see the President announce that more than half our troops will return home from Afghanistan within a year. After more than a decade of war, I believe the safe redeployment of all our brave men and women from Afghanistan should be completed as soon as possible.


“And of course the shadow of Sandy Hook hung over tonight’s speech. I was honored to have Carlos Soto with me tonight and urge my colleagues to come together and pass commonsense legislation so that no more families have to go through what the families in Newtown, Tucson, Aurora, Blacksburg, and countless other places have gone through.”