For Immediate Release

January 28, 2014



DC – Bill Silverfarb (202) 225-3531 / (202) 957-4340 cell


CA – Katrina Rill (650) 342-0300 / (650) 208-7441 cell


WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) made the following statement following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address tonight.


“When every member of the House, the Senate and the Administration stood up in absolute awe of Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, who has sacrificed so much on behalf of this country, it should inspire Congress to resolve some of the issues that divide us.


“Americans don’t care who does the job they just want the job done. They want action, and I’m hopeful the President will deliver on some of the actions he said he will take over the coming year to strengthen the middle class. But really it comes down to a divided Congress that must stop its endless bickering and extend unemployment insurance, raise the minimum wage and pass comprehensive immigration reform that will provide those ladders to the middle class the President talked about. The President was confident, relaxed and clear-eyed. ‘If you don’t do it, I’m going to do it,’ he said. I think that actually resonates with people.”


Susan Burke, the leading attorney-advocate against sexual assault in the military, was the Congresswoman’s special guest at the State of the Union Address.




Congresswoman Jackie Speier is proud to represent California’s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. She is a senior member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). In her role on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Congresswoman is a ranking member on the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements and serves on the Subcommittee on National Security. She serves on the Readiness Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on HASC and is a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Congresswoman Speier was appointed to serve as a Senior Whip for the Democratic caucus in the 113th Congress.