Pelosi Floor Remarks Ahead of the President’s State of the Union Address
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, this weekend we observed the celebration of the life of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. He talked about ‘engagement for,’ – engagement for the American people, for jobs, for justice, for peace. And it was pretty exciting to see the response across the country, at a time when all of these issues are in the forefront.
“Tonight, we will hear from the President of the United States. From what I hear about what he will present, it will reflect what we have seen across the country in terms of what he said last year, reflected across the country: ‘When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.’ It is about college affordability, about child care, about sick leave, all the kinds of issues that enable families – not just women – families to succeed. And hopefully, it will reflect what we talked about on opening day: better infrastructure and bigger paychecks.
“As we all know, despite all of the economic gains, and all the indicators that tell us that progress has been made in our economy – and indeed it has – it isn't reflected in the paychecks of America's working families. So what we hear tonight I know will be in furtherance of increasing that paycheck, starting from the middle, starting from benefits – when I say benefits, initiatives that benefit the middle class and those who aspire to it – all of it a reflection of the American people’s thinking, all of it about engagement for what the Reverend Martin Luther King talked about, all of it, hopefully, we will be able to do in a bipartisan way.
“Let us find the areas in which we have common ground. Let us work together to get that done – build confidence, between us in this body, and among the American people – and keep America number one in education, innovation, and justice, and a factor for peace in the world. With that, Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.”