Florida > Graham: “They expect us to work together”

| January 21, 2015


WASHINGTON, DC – Florida Rep. Gwen Graham responded to Tuesday night’s State of the Union address in a prepared statement.

“Bipartisanship starts with forming relationships. Tonight, I crossed the aisle to sit with my Florida colleague Representative David Jolly. The people of North Florida don’t expect Democrats and Republicans to agree on everything, but they do expect us to work together to get things done.

I disagree with some of the president’s proposals, like raising taxes while our economy is still recovering – but he did offer some common sense ideas that would help people in North Florida. Bringing high-speed internet to rural areas, increasing affordable housing, and making college more accessible are all bipartisan proposals that we can work together on.

Especially important to North Florida is making college more affordable and accessible. This isn’t just an education issue, it’s a priority I included in my Graham Economic Plan. Community colleges provide a crucial role in training the next generation of workers for small businesses and new industries. Making college more affordable and accessible would create jobs and grow North Florida’s economy.. Many Democrats already support the proposal, and Republicans are asking how we pay for it – a question we must responsibly answer – but this is an issue we can work together on and find a real solution for.

Bringing high-speed internet to more areas, increasing affordable housing, and making college more accessible are all also issues that would help the service members, military families and veterans in North Florida. Tonight, I was especially pleased to see the president recognize and honor members of our military – particularly those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. We owe it to them to set partisanship aside and get to work.”

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