Rep. Loretta Sanchez offered her insights into tonight’s State of the Union address by President Obama.Â In this exclusive statement to TheLiberalOC, Sanchez said, “It (the speech) was long and somber and in some ways very detailed.Â It was a tough speech.Â Â It’s a tough speech to give.”
“The president made theÂ case for bi-partisanship tonight,” said Sanchez.Â “Rep. Paul Ryan wants to cut $100 billion of federal spending this year and that’s $1 trillion over the next ten years.Â Â The president is committed to cutting $400 billion over the next 10 years and that’s just about meeting the Republicans halfway.Â But what gets cut and by how much. It’s the details that are always difficult.”
As far as her district is concerned, SanchezÂ looks to education and the programs offered by the president, as a means of improving the lives of the residents of her district.Â “The president told us two years ago, we all have to go back to school and we do.”
“IÂ want them (residents of CD-47)Â to know that our youth has to finish high school and there will be programs to help them go on to college. I want them to know if they have been laid off, that they need to go back to school and retrain. AndÂ I will fight for those programs.” she said.
As far as the president’s call for green technology and clean energy, Sanchez believes California will lead the nation in developing this next wave of economic growth.Â “We have the technology and the research resources in California to lead.Â I see great things happening in this segment in Orange County, in Alameda County, in Sam Jose and in San Diego.Â California will lead this wave.”
“I think healthcare is important to the 47th district,” concluded Sanchez.Â “I’m pleased the president is committed to healthcare reform and believe healthcare is very important to the residents of my district.”
Sanchez released this prepared statement following the address:
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47), the most senior female member of both the House Armed Services Committee and House Homeland Security Committee, today issued the following statement regarding President Obamaâ€™s State of the Union address:Â â€œTonight, President Obama spoke directly to the American people about his plan to win the future by out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building the rest of the world. By emphasizing the importance of entrepreneurship, education, and infrastructure, the president demonstrated a solid understanding of what it will take to restore Americaâ€™s prosperity in the long-term.
â€œI was particularly pleased that President Obamaâ€™s strategy included smart investments in education and high-speed rail: two sectors with the potential to spur economic growth in California. Education, in particular, is the foundation of opportunity and the basis of our countryâ€™s future success. By giving every American of every age the opportunity to succeed in school, I believe we will be better-positioned to compete in a 21st century economy.
â€œAs a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Caucus, I was also pleased to hear the president emphasize the need to restore fiscal responsibility in government. Itâ€™s time to take a commonsense approach to our budget, investing only in what makes America stronger and cutting what doesnâ€™t. But I also want to balance our interest in bringing down the deficit with our interest in maintaining crucial social service programs, particularly in Orange County. While I am supportive of the presidentâ€™s proposed freeze on annual domestic spending, we have to take extreme care to ensure our actions are as targeted as possible.
â€œFinally, I want to commend the president for remembering to address the important issue of immigration reform. There are millions of undocumented immigrants now living in communities across the country. The time to find a compassionate, humane way to bring these men, women, and children out of the shadows is now. I applaud the presidentâ€™s call to action on this difficult issue, and hope he will continue to push for meaningful reform in the months ahead.â€