January 24, 2012
Congresswoman Susan Davis Statement President's State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement on the President’s State of the Union address:
“Many in the House chamber tonight were no doubt eager to hear what the President had to say, but it was Congresswoman Gabby Giffords who stole the show. My friend and colleague has come so far and will be sorely missed.
“In his speech, the President made it clear that today’s economy is working for some but not for others. A strong middle class has always been the basis for a strong economy. Yet so many hardworking middle class San Diegans tell me they feel the American Dream slipping further out of reach.
“Reigniting the American Dream and expanding on our nation's economic recovery are contingent on creating jobs, investing in our infrastructure and education, and restoring the housing market to the pillar of economic strength it once was.
“Leading up to the speech, my constituents overwhelmingly said they want a fair system that will create opportunity for all Americans, not just a select few. The President made it clear that middle class prosperity is his top priority as it should be.
“But we all know blueprints don’t build houses—people coming together and working hard do. The blueprint gets things rolling but the Congress and the people have got to sign off on the plans before even the foundation can be started.
“This being an election year, some people, including many in the room tonight, would prefer to put division and obstruction ahead of progress. That is unacceptable. We must not waste the year because the American people cannot wait any longer for their government to get its act together.”