Washington, DC U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), released the following statement in response to President Obamas State of the Union Address. Senator Cardin is a member of the Senate Committees on Budget, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Environment & Public Works, Foreign Relations and the Judiciary. His guest for the State of the Union address was Prince Georges County Executive Rushern Baker. Senator Cardin sat next to Republican Senators Roger Wicker(R-MS) and Roy Blunt (R-MO).
President Obama clearly understands that the American people want their leaders to focus on creating jobs and growing our economy. Some economic indicators may be showing signs of recovery, but there still are millions of Americans who are searching for jobs, fearing if their small business can survive, or wondering if their retirement savings will last. These Americans and their families continue to feel the weight of the worst recession since the Great Depression. For their sake, we cannot look for solutions that fit just Democrats or Republicans or Independents, but we should be working together to help all Americans succeed. As the President said, our economy must work for everyone.
I was encouraged by President Obamas comments about investing in core programs that will restore Americas competitive edge globally and help create jobs today and into the future. Maryland is among the nations leaders in innovative technologies like alternative energy, biotech, health information systems and cybersecurity, all of which are critical to our economic and national security. Continued investment in such innovation, as well as education, is essential to help fuel our nations recovery and growth. Working together, looking forward and not backward, we can find a reasonable fiscal balance that targets opportunities while allowing us to address our federal deficit in a responsible way. Our children and our parents are relying on us to make this work.