WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) released the following statement at the conclusion of the President’s State of the Union Address:
“Strengthening our middle class has always been my top focus in representing Northwest and Central Illinois, so I was encouraged to hear the President speak tonight about working toward an economy that once again lifts up America’s working families to create a healthier middle class.
“We must create jobs—jobs that can’t be outsourced and that pay a living wage. We must end our bad habit of rewarding companies that ship jobs overseas and instead invest those tax incentives in giving the American worker more tools for success. We must actively address closing the wage gap, not just talk about it, and make higher education more accessible and affordable for middle class families.
“We can do better for our working families, and that’s why I will continue to champion common sense solutions that put the middle class ahead of politics and promote greater economic opportunity for all hardworking Americans.”
Every year, each Member of Congress is given one extra ticket to the State of the Union that can be given to the person of their choosing. This year, Bustos invited Mike Malmstrom of Moline, a longtime advocate for the region’s Veteran community and a former staff member and legal guardian for former Congressman Lane Evans. He is currently the Director of Bridging the Gap – Quad Cities Stand Down, which provides services and resources for homeless veterans. Malmstrom previously worked as a welder at John Deere.
Last year, Bustos’ guest was Pam Davidson, a John Deere worker and UAW member from Galesburg, who previously worked for Maytag until the plant was shut down and moved to Mexico. In 2013, Bustos’ guest to the State of the Union Address was Dot Turner, a laid off Sensata worker from Freeport.