JEWISH DEMS Proud of President Obama's Final State of the Union

January 12, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address this evening, the National Jewish Democratic Council applauded his leadership and vision for the future. The group released the following statement:

“As the President emphasized this evening – having made significant strides to overcome the worst recession in decades which began before he took office seven years ago, having improved our standing abroad and having won hard-fought social justice victories – America is already a great nation. Throughout his time in the White House, the President has made clear that his priorities align with those of the American Jewish community – protecting women’s rights, fighting for marriage equality, steadfastly supporting health insurance for all, among many others. As we look forward, he continues to prioritize these issues while also advancing others such as common sense gun reform, in order to secure a safe and stable future for the next generation.

“We have witnessed important policy landmarks with the Supreme Court, in decision after decision, upholding the signature achievements of the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality, overcoming seemingly endless partisan litigation. However, while we recognize this progress, we must use this momentum to propel us forward, as we continue to fight to protect voting rights, ensure equal pay for equal work, and aim to tackle drug addictions tearing families apart. We join the President in pushing for the Republican-controlled Congress to finally enact a comprehensive plan for immigration reform, reach a bipartisan deal on criminal justice reform and make a real commitment to address gun violence.

“We echo the President’s sentiment that ‘this incredible country of ours’ has made tremendous strides, but, we too, know that we can be even greater. We must uphold our ideals of justice, tolerance and freedom, and not allow fear or hatred to dictate policy and more broadly, our nation’s vision. Our decisions today will impact the next generation of Americans – we must work together for them.”