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Congresswoman McCollum Responds to State of the Union Address

January 29, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC – In response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) issued the following statement: 

“Tonight, the President spoke eloquently about the importance of creating opportunity for all Americans. I was encouraged by his vision and I share his dedication to improving the economic prospects of middle, lower and working class families.  But as promising as his vision was, it means nothing without action. I will continue to do all that I can in Congress to fulfill the vision for prosperity and opportunity for all Americans, and I urge the President to act where Congress is unable to.”

Congresswoman McCollum was joined at the address by Clarence Hightower, the Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties.  Mr. Hightower’s organization and over 1,000 others like it around the country receive federal funding from Community Service Block Grants (CSBG) to do community based anti-poverty work.  Congresswoman McCollum is the Democratic lead on H.R. 3854, the Economic Opportunity Act of 2014, a bipartisan bill reauthorizing CSBG funding. 

President Obama and the First Lady also hosted guests from Minnesota’s fourth district for the speech. John Sorrano is the CEO of Punch Pizza, a St. Paul business who recently instituted a minimum wage of $10/hr for employees at each of their locations. He joined the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden in their box for the address. President Obama urged more American business owners to “follow John’s lead and do what you can to raise your employees’ wages.” 


Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations Committee.  She is Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.