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Congressman Pocan Statement on State of the Union Address

Feb 13, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) tonight commented on the President’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight the President spoke to the serious challenges facing our nation and the opportunities we have to grow our economy and strengthen middle class families in Wisconsin and throughout the nation. In order to ensure our nation’s long-term economic prosperity, we need to make smart investments in manufacturing, in infrastructure and in clean energy, and we need to equip our workforce with the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.

“We also need to protect jobs here in Wisconsin, jobs like those produced by small business owner Deb Carey, who runs the New Glarus Brewing Company with her husband. I was thrilled that the First Lady invited Ms. Carey to sit in her box during the speech—she personifies the grit, the ingenuity and the determination of our great state. In Congress, we have a duty to ensure that this type of hard work continues to lead to more opportunity.

“We will accomplish nothing however if we cannot find a way to overcome the partisan posturing that has made Washington a home to gridlock and dysfunction. Tonight I was proud to wear my Problem Solvers Caucus pin along with more than 40 other bipartisan members of Congress who are dedicated to tackling the challenges facing our nation by working together, instead of bickering apart. The people of Wisconsin and of this country deserve a Congress that can rise to the occasion, find common ground and get something done.”