Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement in response to the President's State of the Union speech before Congress:
"Last night, President Obama had a direct conversation with the American people and discussed the challenges and opportunities that will impact our country for generations to come. I agree with the President's goals for providing opportunities to raise the minimum wage, fix a broken immigration system, make college more affordable, and protect more children from gun violence.
The President focused on our nation's future being built on the American spirit of innovation, discussing initiatives to push for advances in medical breakthroughs to cure cancer and to accelerate expansions in clean energy innovation to create new jobs. Most importantly, the President reminded the nation of what makes America great, citing our diversity and rejection of fear and intolerance. America succeeds when we oppose extreme partisanship and find common ground when addressing our most difficult challenges.
As the President noted, we in Congress will never agree on everything, but my hope is that over the next year, Congress can work with President Obama to focus on policies that will continue to support American families and grow our economy."