Washington, DC – Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (HI-02) tonight released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address before a Joint Session of Congress:

“Tonight, the President talked about creating jobs for our middle class families by investing in our American industries, our roads and bridges, as well as investing in American energy. In Hawaii, we are so dependent on imported oil. Taking advantage of our natural resources to develop sustainable, renewable fuel will help us create local jobs with local companies. Most importantly, this will help end our dependence on imported oil. Common sense approaches by government that boost our economy, like President Obama laid out tonight, are exactly what people want to see.

“The President also stressed the need to invest in our people – from making sure our keiki get a good education to helping American workers learn new skills to compete in the global economy. President Obama has some great initiatives to make the dream of a college education a reality for more students in Hawaii.

“There’s a lot of work to do in the year ahead to get our economy moving again. That’s why I sat with my friend and Republican colleague, Congressman Don Young of Alaska. It is my hope that Congress will continue its work in that spirit of bipartisanship.”

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