Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, represents a district (CA-16) battered by the housing collapse, the paring of government jobs and the turtle-paced economic recovery.
As a Blue Dog Democrat, he has been critical, at times, of President Barack Obama’s economic policies — especially his administration’s failure to reduce unemployment and to address shrinking middle-class incomes.
He also believes that Obama has failed to deliver on campaign promises, and that Congress has focused on political victories more than solutions. Here is what Rep. Costa says he wants to hear from the president tonight in his State of the Union Address. (Costa’s remarks were released in a statement at 9:35 PST this morning).
“The President will stand before a nation that is still wondering if leadership in Washington has the vision and will to chart a course for real prosperity in the 21st Century. Strengthening the state of our union means kick starting job creation, strengthening the middle class, and drawing a roadmap for how the United States will continue to lead the global economy.
“During the last 4 years, we have been embroiled in partisan bickering and failure to deal with the big issues of our day. From reining in our national debt to providing certainty for American businesses and families, Washington has shown an inability to think months down the road, much less years. Winning the future means focusing more on results and less on who wins the day’s news cycle.
“The President must show leadership and willingness to compromise tonight. He needs to lay out a plan to get our fiscal house in order, pass a 5-year Farm Bill, reform our broken immigration system, and attract good paying jobs by investing in our water and transportation infrastructure. More importantly, I hope that once the speech is over that the President has the ability to put his words into action.”