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February 25, 2009
Larson hails Obama's address
Statement issued by U.S. Rep. John Larson, the East Hartford Democrat whose 1st District includes Bristol:
CONGRESSMAN LARSON RESPONDS TO OBAMA SPEECH
Washington, DC – Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following remarks after President Barack Obama’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress.
“Tonight, President Obama personified the calm and determined assurance that resides in every American during these difficult times. He described the rough road ahead as we begin our steep and steady climb out of this recession. President Bush left this nation in a deep and cavernous hole. President Obama and this Democratic Congress have mapped out a clear and comprehensive strategy to get us back out.
“The economic problems our nation faces are complex and it will take a lot of work on many fronts to resolve them. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that Congress passed and President Obama signed into law is a key part of that work. It will put millions of Americans back to work and give a tax cut to 95% of working Americans. Combined with our efforts to stabilize the financial and housing markets, the Recovery Act will help us begin to rebuild and renew our economy.
“We as a Congress and our new President are tasked with a much bigger responsibility than stimulating the current economy. This country has failed for years to make the tough choices necessary to stay strong and robust in the global economy. Now, we must make those choices. We have and will invest in alternative energy sources, education for our children, science and innovation, and health care reform - the areas that will be the foundation of our future economic success. President Obama reiterated tonight the need for major regulatory reform to make sure the financial crisis we are experiencing today does not happen again.
“The Presidents message was realistic yet optimistic. I share his faith that our people and our country will rebuild and recover and America will emerge stronger.”
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