WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union address:
"The vitality of our economy is rooted in the middle-class. Tonight, President Obama presented a clear vision for growing the economy from the middle-class out through job creation in homegrown clean energy development, manufacturing and by rebuilding bridges and roads across the country.
"We have a big task ahead to find common ground and pass a budget that reduces the deficit and advances our values. But we won't achieve this goal by gutting the programs seniors depend on or cutting investments in education and training for our kids. Strengthening our economy must be our top priority and we need to work in a bipartisan fashion to provide the certainty and confidence our businesses need to keep hiring."
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) released the following statement tonight on President Obama's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress:
"Like President Obama, I believe a strong economy begins with a thriving middle class.
"I was encouraged by his commitment to addressing and recognizing the urgency of climate change by supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives, and his determination to invest in science and technology programs to prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow. New Mexico leads in these efforts of American energy independence and innovation.
"Additionally, small businesses and American manufacturers deserve the tools they need to succeed because they are a backbone of a growing economy. Building a 21stcentury infrastructure creates jobs, spurs growth, and keeps American jobs at home.
"I was also encouraged by the President's commitment to fixing our broken immigration system. We need accountable and responsible immigration reform where undocumented immigrants have an opportunity to earn their citizenship.
"Families in New Mexico deserve the chance to work their way into the middle class. Both parties must come together and set aside their political differences to find the practical and commonsense solutions that middle-class families deserve and expect."