Cantwell Statement on State of the Union Speech

Cantwell: ‘We must work across party lines to strengthen the middle class’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union speech.

“Tonight, President Obama laid out a clear plan for strengthening the middle class.  We see signs that our economic recovery is gaining ground, but too few Americans are participating.  We must work across party lines to strengthen the middle class through investments in workforce training, more affordable higher education, and a focus on manufacturing jobs.

“I am especially pleased that the President has announced plans to open the doors of opportunity for millions more Americans by lowering the cost of community colleges. We’ve seen positive results with similar programs in Washington state. More than 1,000 students have gained access to higher education under a South Seattle College initiative that provided a free year of tuition to eligible students. Expanding community college access will help millions of Americans get new skills to pursue their dreams and grow our economy.”