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Rep. Napolitano’s Response to State of the Union Address

January 24, 2012
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) Tonight, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano released the following response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“The President hit the mark tonight – we must rebuild an American economy that works for the middle class.

“Middle-class Americans have seen their paychecks shrink for years. Now many have lost their jobs, their homes, and their certainty that their children will have a chance at a better life. We must bring back manufacturing jobs from overseas, invest in job training for our workers, and put people to work improving our infrastructure to get our economy back on track. This is a make-or-break moment for our American dream. Our families need a strong economy where hard work is rewarded, we all do our fair share, and everybody, rich or poor, plays by the same set of rules.

“In my district, we have secured funding for educational programs, like new training facilities at Rio Hondo College for first responders and new research labs at Cal Poly Pomona for young aerospace engineers. We have also made investments in the local economy, like expanded commuter rail for working people, new natural-gas buses, and job training on installing and maintaining photovoltaic solar panels. These investments are down payments on future growth, and must be built upon.

“We must also renew our commitment to improving our nation’s focus on mental health. Too many of our veterans, students, and people from all walks of life lack the treatment they need to address their mental health issues. We cannot ignore their suffering or the crime, suicide, imprisonment, and emergency medical care that can result when mental illness goes untreated.

“I thank President Obama for keeping his promise to end the Iraq war. We must welcome our troops home, help them readjust to civilian life, and ensure they have access to the resources they have earned: job training, housing, medical treatment, and mental health services.”


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