Cummings Lauds President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Jan 13, 2016
Press Release

Cummings Lauds President Obama’s State of the Union Address


Washington, D.C. (January 12, 2016)— Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement applauding President Obama’s State of the Union address:   

“Tonight President Obama laid out his vision for our country, not just for his final year in the White House, but for generations yet unborn.  I have been very proud of his first seven years in office, and although I will miss having him as my President, I look forward to the progress we can accomplish together over the next year.  

“Since the President took office in 2009, the unemployment rate has been cut in half—from more than 10 percent to 5 percent—and our economy has added more than 8 million jobs.  That is a phenomenal achievement that has helped our nation slowly but surely recover from the Great Recession.  I was very pleased to hear the President explain how we can build on that progress to increase opportunity for all Americans and create brighter futures for our children—and our children’s children.

“The Affordable Care Act has been a critical component in improving the lives of the American people.  This landmark achievement now provides health insurance to roughly 22 million individuals who now have peace of mind knowing that they can get the care they need.  Our challenge now is to curb the rising costs of prescription drugs to ensure all Americans have access to the life-saving medications they need.

“Finally, I was especially encouraged to hear the President address the need for criminal justice reform.  Events in Ferguson, Staten Island, Chicago, and my home of Baltimore have forced our nation to take a long, hard look at racial disparities in police encounters and practices that continue to lead to the tragic deaths of unarmed African Americans.  We must seize on the bipartisan consensus in Congress—and nationwide.  For America to live up to its noble ideals, we must have a fairer, more just criminal justice system. 

“I thank the President for his dedicated service to our country, for his many accomplishments in his first seven years as president, and for his incredible vision for moving our nation forward.”


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