NewDEAL Statement on State of the Union Address

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For Immediate Release:                                                    

February 7, 2023                                                        

Contact: Jonathon Dworkin (NewDEAL), 202-660-1340 x5,

NewDEAL Statement on State of the Union Address

Washington, DC – NewDEAL CEO Debbie Cox Bultan released the following statement responding to President Biden’s State of the Union address delivered tonight:

“As the President rightly recognized tonight, his Administration, along with Democrats in Congress, delivered major wins for the American people over the past two years, including by lowering costs for working families and helping communities deal with the impacts of climate change. No administration has better understood the priorities of state and local leaders or done more to support them in solving the challenges facing their residents. But the work is far from done. In fact, it will be up to state and local officials to realize the full potential of the American Rescue Plan, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, CHIPS and Science Act, Inflation Reduction Act, and other laws the President has signed. Successful implementation will require a continued strong partnership among federal, state, and local leaders to identify opportunities, share best practices, and, in the President’s words, ‘finish the job.’

“On behalf of our network, I also applaud the President’s clear message that little else will matter without a strong democracy. State and local officials who have been on the frontlines of the attacks on our election system in 2020 and 2022 understand that ensuring the sanctity of that system is a year-round job and that the work to preserve it in 2024 cannot wait. Congress should give these leaders and our nation a huge boost by acting on what should be nonpartisan issues, like protecting election workers and proactively supporting the right of every eligible American to cast a ballot.”

About NewDEAL

NewDEAL supports a network of about 200 state and local officials -- statewide officials, legislators, mayors, council members, and other local leaders across the country -- who are pro-growth progressives. The organization brings together leaders focused on expanding opportunity, helping them develop and spread innovative ideas to spur economic growth that is broadly-earned and sustainable. NewDEAL facilitates the exchange of ideas among its members and connects them with other pro-growth progressive political, policy, and private sector leaders.

NewDEAL's Honorary Co-Chairs are U.S. Senator Chris Coons (DE), Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10), and Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin.