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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement following President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address:

“Tonight, the President spoke directly to Congress and the American people about his plan to create jobs and strengthen our economy for both the middle class and those still working hard to get there. As President Obama has emphasized from day one, a thriving middle class has always been the key ingredient to our economic growth – and continuing to make that growth possible is the defining challenge of our time. That’s exactly why the President’s plan grows our economy from the middle out by making smart investments in American manufacturing, infrastructure, clean energy, and a quality education that provides every American with the skills they need to succeed in the jobs of today and tomorrow. It’s a plan that is completely paid for and won’t add a penny to the deficit, while ensuring that those who work hard can earn a decent living.

“At the same time, the President continued to urge Congress to take action that will reduce our debt and deficits and address looming fiscal deadlines, while laying out his vision to keep bringing down the deficit in a balanced fashion—one that does not require America’s seniors and middle-class families to shoulder the entire burden. He also renewed his calls on Congress to take swift action to protect our children and communities by reducing gun violence, and to fix our broken immigration system to make certain that everyone plays by the same rules and that we are attracting the best and brightest workers from all across the globe. Finally, the President announced the formation of a bipartisan presidential voting commission—a proposal I wholeheartedly endorse—that will focus on addressing the setbacks that far too many Americans have faced in trying to exercise their fundamental right to vote. That includes Americans like Desiline Victor, a 102-year-old woman from my home state of Florida who attended tonight’s address and who just last year spent hours waiting in line at her polling place to make her voice heard.

“As President Obama stressed in tonight’s address, our path forward includes a number of commonsense proposals that have already earned support from both sides of the aisle. And while our leaders in Congress will not always be able to agree on a given issue, one fact remains: where common ground exists, the American people expect them to take action. That is precisely why we must heed the President’s call and come together to move our country forward."