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In his State of the Union Address this week, President Obama delivered a compelling vision of how we can work together to address America’s challenges. While our economy is on the road back to health, we know we still have a long way to go, so I am pleased that the President discussed a strategy for getting us there.

President Obama is right that investments in innovation, education, and infrastructure remain vital to creating jobs and strengthening our international competitiveness. This agenda encompasses House Democrats' Make It In America agenda: a plan to rebuild American manufacturing and productivity, and to lift up our middle class so that they can succeed in America.  We must continue efforts to build on manufacturing here in Maryland so companies like JEM Engineering in Laurel; A.D.J. Sheet Metal in White Plains; and Capital Plastics Company, Techno Sciences, and Stromberg Sheet Metal Works in Beltsville, can continue to grow and prosper in the world economy.

At the same time, the President explained how our deficit stifles middle-class opportunities. The President has outlined some first steps that demonstrate his fiscal seriousness. But there is much more to do, and I hope to work with Democrats and Republicans to tackle our deficit with common purpose, taking the real action that fiscal responsibility demands.

Finally, just as the President ended our combat mission in Iraq, he is focused on transitioning to an Afghan-led fight and beginning the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Our troops have put al-Qaeda and Taliban leadership under unprecedented pressure, which both helps to protect America from terrorist attacks and helps the Afghan government to ultimately stand on its own feet. Democrats also remain committed to countering the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and we have made unparalleled strides to stem Iranian nuclear ambitions.

Our district has seen both challenges and successes over the past few years, and as we move forward, I hope we take this opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the unified effort that our common challenges demand.

As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you and please continue to share your concerns and insights with me by contacting my office.

With warmest regards, I am

Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer

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