Cayuga County's congressional representatives are ready to get to work on the issues and policy proposals mentioned in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday.
U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei, D-DeWitt, said in a statement he liked the president's focus on economic and education issues.
"The president addressed two key areas that I believe are critical to creating more jobs in central New York — making the right investments in infrastructure and ensuring our children get the best education we can give them from pre-K through college or trade school," he said. "I look forward to working with the president and leaders from both parties to grow our middle class and create more good paying jobs in our region."
Obama called on Congress to establish 15 manufacturing jobs that will boost the industry here in the U.S.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who introduced similar legislation on Monday, backed the president's proposal and supports his positions on other issues, including tougher gun laws.
"America is home to the brightest minds and hardest workers, everything it takes to grow our economy and compete in the global marketplace. It’s time now to produce the will to harness our full potential," Gillibrand said in a statement. "When we do, nothing can stop us from equipping our children with the education to lead us in the new economy, sparking new innovation and stamping more products with the words ‘Made in America,’ all while ending the scourge of gun violence and finishing the journey to full equality, justice and fairness for everyone pursuing the American dream."