WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) released the following statement after President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address:

“In the face of yet another looming fiscal deadline, President Obama made it clear tonight that the wellbeing of middle class America is not going to be used as a bargaining chip. While Republicans dream up new ways to give handouts to those who need them least, the President laid out an agenda that will bolster the real job creators: the workers who are the heart of our economy.
“This is economics 101: tax breaks don’t create jobs; a demand for workers creates jobs.  We can only build that demand by investing in our infrastructure, our workers, and our home-grown industries, like clean energy technology, computer and information technology, and medical research. It’s only when we build these industries and our workforce has access to the education and skills they require that we will be able to generate the revenue needed to bring down our debt.
“As the President said, ‘we must keep the promises we’ve already made.’ One of the most important issues we face is how we move forward on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. It is possible to keep our commitments to the elderly and the poor and also be fiscally responsible. It’s more than possible, it is our social and moral obligation and America does not shirk its responsibilities.
“I look forward to continue working with this President and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find solutions worthy of the people who elected us.”