Casey Statement on State of the Union

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement on the President’s State of the Union address:

“We face many challenges as the country recovers from the great recession - many of which were highlighted tonight.  One thing, however, is clear: we need to keep the focus on jobs.  I just spent several weeks back home, talking with Pennsylvanians.  Everywhere I went I heard two things: create jobs and work together.  We owe it to those we serve to make that our focus as well.  I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with my colleagues from both chambers and from both sides of the aisle to extend the middle-class tax cuts and continue to strengthen the economy.

“I also look forward to more attention on the critical issue of manufacturing.  Pennsylvania manufacturers have been hit hard by unfair trade practices by countries like China.  The Senate has passed legislation to crack down on China’s currency manipulation.  The House must follow suit and the Administration must do more to use its existing powers to level the playing field for U.S. workers.

“I hope that we build on the spirit of bipartisanship seen in the Chamber tonight as Democrats and Republicans sat together to create jobs and grow the economy.”