January 28, 2011
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President Obama Declares, “Our Union is
I had the distinct honor and
pleasure to be on hand as President Barack Obama
presented his 2011 State of the Union address to
members of Congress, having been invited by U.S.
Rep. Chaka Fattah to join him for the address.
It was important to hear
firsthand the president's plan for our nation –
specifically issues so important for
Pennsylvania such as deficit reduction, job
creation and preserving health care reform.
From the beginning of his
speech, President Obama talked about the
resilience of the American people – how we deal
with big issues and solve big problems. He said
that “Americans will not retreat.”
And now, with this same
resilience, we move forward to face new
challenges head on.
One of the most important
lines in the speech was the president’s call to
“out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build” as
the key to moving the nation forward.
The cornerstone of the
president’s message was togetherness and
cooperation in the face of extreme difficulties.
He challenged Congress to work together to
restore the greatness of America, to make
America a great place for our children.
While there has been progress
in tackling the recession through tax cuts,
growing the economy and improving the job
climate, he said that “to win the future, we'll
need to take on challenges that have been
decades in the making.”
He stressed the need to
improve the job market, to restructure education
to make our children more competitive in the
global market and to make investments in clean
energy and technology.
“We know what it takes to compete for the jobs
and industries of our time. We need to
out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the
rest of the world. We have to make America the
best place on Earth to do business. We need to
take responsibility for our deficit and reform
our government. That's how our people will
prosper. That's how we'll win the future,”
President Obama said.
The president talked about working together and
putting aside partisan bickering in the wake of
the tragic shootings in Tucson, where six lives,
including that of 9-year-old Christina Green,
were taken and 14 individuals were injured,
including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who
has been fighting bravely for her life.
President Obama said that the
tragedy reminded us that “each of us is a part
of something greater -- something more
consequential than party or political
He asserted that in order for
the process of government to work, we must all
work together despite our differences.
He rallied the nation at such
a critical juncture in time to continue to make
America a great place to live, work and raise
children and reminded us that although our great
nation has hit a rough patch our union is still
For the full text of
President Barack Obama’s 2011 State of the Union
For video of President Barack Obama’s 2011 State
of the Union Address,
Corbett’s Inauguration Ushers
In a New Era for Pennsylvania
Earlier this month, I was
also on hand as our new Governor, Tom Corbett,
addressed his constituents for the first time.
In his inaugural speech, the governor called for
government reform, urged civil discourse, and
pledged his dedication to “leadership that is
responsive to fiscal realities; leadership that
takes on financial burdens, rather than passing
those burdens on to the next generation; and
leadership that can see beyond today's
turbulence and into tomorrow's tranquility.”
While I agree with Gov.
Corbett on the need to move Pennsylvania
forward, the number one way to do this is
through sound job creation and economic
development that will stabilize our dire fiscal
situation. Our economic future and the ability
to create family-sustaining jobs and employment
opportunities for future generations are at
am ready to work with Gov. Corbett and all my
colleagues in the legislature to ensure that our
citizens have a streamlined, efficient and
effective government serving all of the people.
Gov. Corbett has pledged not to raise taxes and
balance the state’s spending plan through budget
We must recognize – through
all the rhetoric and promises – that
Pennsylvania will prosper through sound jobs,
investments in the economy and infrastructure
while we protect the services that vulnerable
Pennsylvanians need the most. It is not time to
cut and slash without regard to the impact that
the budget cuts will have on those who depend on
safety net programs.
For the full text of Gov. Tom
Corbett’s Inaugural Address, courtesy of the
Philadelphia Daily News,
For video from Gov. Tom Corbett’s Inaugural
Offices of State
Senator Vincent Hughes