Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement after President Obama delivered the State of the Union Address. In the spirit of civility and bipartisan cooperation, for the second year in a row, Loebsack sat with Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI-03) for tonight’s address. Loebsack and Amash recently joined together to introduce a bipartisan balanced budget amendment. As a member of the No Labels “problem solvers” group, Loebsack wore an orange lapel pin that read “Stop Fighting, Start Fixing”. The bipartisan organization works to bring Democrats and Republicans together to achieve across the aisle cooperation.
“In what remains a deeply divided nation, where there are few things on which many people agree, growing our economy and creating jobs remains a goal that we can all work towards. I was glad to hear the President focus so much of his attention on these important issues. I strongly believe that we must confront the fiscal problems that are facing our nation, but as the President said, we must do this from the middle out, not the top down. I was happy to hear the President talk about the importance of investing in education for kids of all ages. It is one of the best ways to ensure the middle class will prosper.
“When we have a strong middle class, we have a strong nation. We must get the budget in order, but it must be done in a balanced way. It cannot be done on the backs of seniors, the middle-class, and hard working families.
“I was also pleased to hear the President focus on investing in clean energy, including wind energy. I have long been a supporter of the Production Tax Credit, which supports the growth of wind energy jobs in Iowa and across the nation, while lessening our dependence on fossil fuels. 7,000 Iowans are employed in the wind energy industry in Iowa alone and it is important we continue to support and grow this home grown industry.”