WNY Delegation React To State Of The Union

January 25, 2011 Updated Jan 25, 2011 at 11:27 PM EDT

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WNY Delegation React To State Of The Union

January 25, 2011 Updated Jan 25, 2011 at 11:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON – ( release )Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) today issued the following statement in response to this evening’s State of the Union address by President Obama:

“I appreciate President Obama coming to the Capitol this evening to address Congress and the American People on the many issues facing our nation. With unemployment remaining near double digits and our national debt topping $14 trillion, job creation and fiscal responsibility must be our number one issues. We need to closely examine our spending and I am hopeful that President Obama will work with Congress to tighten Washington’s belt.

“I commend the President’s renewed commitment to workforce training and strengthening American competitiveness. American workers can compete with anyone in the world, but they need a level playing field with foreign economies. I look forward to working with the President and my colleagues to strengthen American manufacturing, create jobs and make America more competitive in the world. If the President is willing to work with us to grow Western New York and our private sector while shrinking Washington, he will have a willing partner in me. But the fact of the matter is we were sent to Congress to get the job done, shrink Washington and create jobs, and we have no time to waste."

Lee planned to sit with several of his New York State counterparts from both sides of the aisle (a photo of the group is below).

Congressman Chris Lee serves on the Ways and Means Committee and is in his second term representing New York’s 26th Congressional District. To learn more, please visit www.chrislee.house.gov.

Congressman Higgins’ Response to the State of the Union Address

Statement By Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27)

“In today’s 2011 State of the Union Address President Obama outlined the United States’ game plan toward winning the future, and first up is job creation and economic growth. Americans are justifiably impatient and we need to fuel that urgency with opportunities for success for our businesses, for our innovators and for our children.

“America can compete against any nation in the world when given the tools to do so. We should start by preparing our children for greatness with an unmatched quality education and preparing our businesses for prosperity by leveling the playing field impacted by China’s unfair economic policies and extending the Research and Development tax credits that feed the entrepreneurial hunger to develop cutting edge breakthroughs.

“Few issues are more unifying that the fight to cure cancer. As we choose our national priorities carefully, medical research, which holds the dual promise of economic and scientific growth, should be a focal point in America’s rise to the top.

“After years of building in struggling and war torn nations around the world, I welcome the renewed focus on building right here in the United States, paving the way toward infrastructure investments that create jobs, support existing business and encourage continued growth and development. As we look to build our roads we can also strengthen the neighborhoods around them by addressing vacant housing and other challenges impacting older, urban communities like Western New York as well as promoting private investment and job creation in struggling areas through extension of the Renewal Community program.

“Victory for the U.S. comes easier when we work together as a team. Our biggest challenges as a nation don’t have a Democratic or Republican label, they are shared challenges and we have a shared responsibility to lead our Country to victory. I look forward to working collaboratively to create substantial wins for Western New York and this nation.”

GILLIBRAND ON PRESIDENT’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS: TIME TO COME TOGETHER AND CREATE JOBS

Washington, D.C. – After President Obama's State of the Union address tonight, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement:

“This last election was not a mandate for any one political party. It was a mandate for action. President Obama laid out a bold vision for this Congress. It is time to come together and work to create jobs across America.

“I firmly believe that Congress is capable of putting politics aside and coming together to forge solutions. The way we fulfilled our moral obligation to the survivors and heroes of 9/11 is a testament to Congress’ ability to work together and do what is right.

“We need to continue the spirit of goodwill that led us to that victory. We need to keep working together, not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans who are committed to a growing economy and a better future for America’s middle class.”