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Bonamici: President’s State of The Union Outlined Strong Second Term Agenda

February 12, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today released the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

“President Obama outlined a strong second term agenda that includes a comprehensive plan to strengthen our economy, invest in education, reduce our deficit, reform our broken immigration system, prevent gun violence and address global climate change. Now is the time for action to address these priorities, and I look forward to working with the President and with all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to end the gridlock and find constructive compromises.

“I applaud the President’s renewed commitment to investing in education. The President, Oregon business leaders and job seekers, and I agree that we need to match our curriculum and training to the demands of the 21st century economy. Soon I will introduce legislation to bridge the skills gap, and I look forward to strengthening public education as a member of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce. The President’s proposal to commit resources to a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Master Teacher Corps is another good place to start. This week I am launching a STEAM caucus (STEM + arts) to ensure that arts and design are brought into the STEM discussion. We frequently discuss the importance of STEM education, but we can’t ignore the importance of engaging and educating both halves of the brain. Creative, critical thinking leads to innovation and creates good jobs. 

“As a representative of coastal Oregon and the ranking member of the U.S. House Science Space and Technology Subcommittee on the Environment, I was particularly enthused by the President’s commitment to addressing climate change. We are already seeing the harmful effects of climate change, and now is the time for action to ensure that jobs and homes are protected in our coastal communities and across the country. The President’s proposal to double renewable energy from wind and solar, and establish new energy efficiency incentives would help us achieve this goal.