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28 January 2010

John Lewis Reacts To The State Of The Union

Congressman John Lewis released the following statement in response to the State of the Union:

“Tonight I think the President set a high mark, and it is up to us, the members of the House and the Senate, to meet that mark. I have been to all the state of the union addresses given by all the presidents of the last 22 years. I think this is one of the best I have ever witnessed. President Barack Obama spoke in an inspiring, uplifting, and powerful way. He reached beyond the walls of Congress and spoke directly to the American people.

“He acknowledged their frustrations with government and their struggles to make ends meet in a difficult economy. He let them know he sees their character and their courage. He asked that this Congress use the people they represent as their example. He asked us to sacrifice as they have sacrificed, to put aside petty differences and politics to accomplish the hard tasks ahead of us on their behalf.

“He said we have to be more than concerned about the next election. We have to look out for the next generation. This is not the time for campaigning and rhetoric; it is time to get down to the business of governing. I was glad that he had strong words for the Senate, which has not been able to move on good opportunities to bring the kind of change Americans are seeking. The House has done its part by responding to many of the people’s needs with legislative action. We are hoping the Senate can finish the job.

“President Obama issued a mandate on jobs, education, the middle class, small business, war and nuclear disarmament, fiscal responsibility, as well as health care. He affirmed that members of Congress must come together and get the work of the people done. And I believe his words and his proposals give us a platform to unify and begin to work on and pass some of the legislative ideas the President presented tonight.”