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January 27, 2010

Velázquez Statement on State of the Union Address

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding the President’s State of the Union speech this evening:

“Tonight, President Obama laid out an agenda that draws on the strength, ingenuity and resilience of the American people. I applaud the President for focusing first and foremost on turning our economy around and creating new jobs with a combination of infrastructure investment and small business support.  Only after we get people back to work and help them afford their basic needs will our economy truly recover.

“The President also outlined a series of proposals that will ease the burden for Americans who are struggling through today’s economic difficulties.  These initiatives would make it easier for students to pay off their loans, help families with soaring child care and elderly care costs, while giving workers more tools to save for their retirements.  Thousands of New Yorkers will benefit from these reforms and I look forward to seeing them enacted.  

“Finally, I was pleased to hear the President reaffirm his dedication to addressing health care.  Enacting meaningful health care reform will extend coverage to more than 1 million New Yorkers who are currently uninsured, bring rising health care costs under control and prevent insurance companies from abandoning Americans when they are most vulnerable.  Comprehensive health care reform remains vital to providing true economic security for Americans and we cannot rest until we have accomplished this goal.

“I look forward to working with the President and my colleagues in Congress as we tackle the issues important to New Yorkers and bring about the change the American people so badly need.  While we undoubtedly face great challenges right now, our nation and our City have overcome adversity before and we will do so again, building a brighter future for working families across our country.”