Bingaman reacts to President Obama’s State of the Union address

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman said President Obama’s State of the Union address laid out an ambitious agenda to bolster the economy in the short and long term — creating jobs, reining in health care costs and expanding educational opportunities.

Bingaman also applauded the president’s call for the creation of a task force aimed at reducing the nation’s deficit and getting the country back on solid economic ground.

“President Obama laid out a very strong agenda for the Congress. In the coming months, we will focus on strengthening the economy in a way that helps American families educate their children and obtain adequate and affordable health care. We’ll be working to create good jobs, including those in the clean energy sector – an area that shows great promise for New Mexico. And we’ll be adopting practices to reduce the deficit and get us back to the balanced budget we had a decade ago,” Bingaman said.

“I know that New Mexicans continue to struggle in these difficult economic times. In his speech, it was clear to me that the president understands that, as well. That is why I believe this is the right agenda for New

Mexico and the country, and I will work hard to help the president enact it.”