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Mayor Bowser’s Statement on the State of the Union Address

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

(Washington, DC) – Tonight, Mayor Muriel Bowser attended President Obama’s State of the Union address. Following the speech, Mayor Bowser issued the following statement:

“Tonight, President Obama once again laid out a vision that is defined by expanding opportunity for all. Under the President’s leadership, our nation has come out of a recession, and his administration has made investments that are growing the middle class.

“We still have a lot of work to do and much to accomplish. We need a fresh start. We need Congress to come together to find commonsense solutions to our nation’s challenges. In the District, we are leading by example. We are confronting our challenges head-on, by keeping our fiscal house in order, investing in our schools and creating good-paying jobs.

“It was an honor to attend the State of the Union as Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s guest. I stand with her – not just today, but every day – to declare that the District deserves full voting rights, budget autonomy and statehood. Fifty years after the Voting Rights Act was signed into law, it is time that Washingtonians have their votes counted. This coming year, I will continue to work with the Obama Administration, Congress and regional leaders to advocate for the rights we have been denied.”