WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a Senior Member on the House Appropriations Committee and lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies, issued the following statement on tonight's State of the Union address:
"Tonight, President Obama captured the stories of hardworking American families across our great nation. He put forth a strong vision that I, together with my Democratic colleagues in Congress, share. Our vision is a picture of one America, where everyone—no matter their zip code, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation—has the opportunity to choose their own path, climb the ladders of economic opportunity, and take part in the American dream.
"The President's roadmap for the year ahead channels these themes and presents policies that level the economic playing field by simplifying our tax code, making home ownership more accessible, expanding our domestic manufacturing capabilities, protecting access to affordable health care, and investing in education. This platform looks to a bright future where America's success is driven by a strong, vibrant, and growing middle class.
"The past year has given us a solid economic foothold, and as a nation the United States remains poised for more success. 2014 was the best year for job growth in 15 years, with unemployment dropping faster than any year since 1984. Now, we must build on this resurgence, not sit idly or divided by partisan gridlock. As a Congress we must find common ground and seek pragmatic solutions that push the President's policies forward, prioritize building our American workforce, and empower the success of future generations.
"Throughout my career I have been a relentless advocate for educational equity, carrying with me the belief that post-secondary education can be a great equalizer and a vehicle of economic mobility. Therefore, I am especially thrilled to support the President's new plan to make two years of community college free for responsible students—a proposal that could impact 9 million students if every state joined the effort.
"I further commend the President's pledge to sustain and grow our investments in medical research, a cause I am proud to champion in Congress. There is not a single American family who has not felt the burden of disease or disorder. By growing our research capacities, we will advance our understanding of issues across the medical spectrum—including neuroscience—and further ensure that the United States remains the leader for science and innovation.
"Since being elected to Congress 20 years ago, my purpose has remained the same: to improve the life chances of our country's hard-working families and children. The stakes are too great to leave anyone behind, and I will join with President Obama to advocate for policies that protect America's middle class values, reward individuals who work hard, and ensure that everyone has equal access to the plentiful opportunities of our great nation."
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah