Washington, D.C. — In response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address tonight, Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden issued the following statement:
Tonight, President Obama laid out important steps that we must take as a nation to restore an economy that works for everyone, not just the rich. The lack of opportunity for more Americans to move up the economic ladder isn’t just holding down workers; it’s jeopardizing our entire economy. The agenda put forth tonight by the president will combat this trend. Giving America’s workers a raise will boost the economy now, and investing in our next generation through high-quality preschool, apprenticeships, better skills training, and reforming our broken immigration system will give all Americans a better shot at success, regardless of their circumstances. Doing nothing is no longer an option; Americans want action and the president is showing us the way.
I was so pleased that the president continued to put the issues that matter to American families front and center. Creating 21st-century workplaces that value the talents that both women and men have to offer and enable workers to fulfill their work and family obligations is essential to growing our economy. I am proud that the Center for American Progress will join the White House in hosting the Summit on Working Families later this year to take on these critical issues.
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