WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s address to Congress:
"It's time to end the partisan bickering and focus on jobs. Too many middle-class Ohioans are struggling to find work or afford college and housing costs.
"The President outlined a plan that will create and protect jobs and ensure that Ohio workers take home more of their pay. There are no excuses for inaction, as all components of his plan have had bipartisan support and will not add to the deficit.
"By traveling to Ohio next week, the President will see ways our state is rebuilding our economy through growth in clean energy, autos, and manufacturing. He’ll see how bold decisions – like rescuing the auto industry –allowed GM workers to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Chevy Cruze today, which has been the best-selling compact car for the fourth month in a row. Ohio has a rich manufacturing heritage coupled with a spirit of innovation. With a level playing field, our workers and manufacturers can compete with anyone in the world.
“By visiting Ohio, President Obama will see how building better roads, bridges, and water infrastructure not only creates immediate jobs, but primes our communities for long-term economic growth. By visiting Ohio, the President can see how standing up to countries like China – that manipulate currency and provide illegal subsidies – can create good-paying manufacturing jobs.”