Congressman Serrano's Statement in Response to President Obama's State of the Union Address


Date: Jan. 13, 2016
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman José E. Serrano today released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union Address:

"Last night, President Obama laid out his vision for an America that builds on the progress we have made in the last seven years by relying on the ingenuity and sense of possibility inherent in the American spirit. At a time of extraordinary change that is reshaping every aspect of our life, the President emphasized the importance of leaving behind the stale dogmas of the past that won't provide us with the innovative solutions we need to create the future we want for our children. I was particularly glad to hear him address how we can continue growing our economy in this time of change to raise the standard of living and give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in a new economy. I was also pleased to see his focus on fixing our electoral and campaign finance systems- which will improve our democracy and make it more responsive to all Americans.

"Although not specifically mentioned in the speech, I believe that an important element of the Administration's last year in office is finding solutions to help Puerto Rico address its economic crisis. I will continue to work with the President, Congress, and stakeholders to do just that.

"The President's discussion of America's role in the world was also an important one. As the strongest nation in the world, America must continue leading in the 21st Century by remaining engaged, generating support to address the most pressing issues that affect the global community, and encouraging others to move towards greater human progress. At a time when we face increasingly complex and challenging issues, America must not isolate itself or resort to using military force to address every crisis. I look forward to continuing to help the Administration update our nation's policy towards Cuba and fix our broken immigration system. We will only be successful in this endeavor if we rise above fear and cynicism to work together and are willing to have rational, constructive conversations with each other."