LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - President Barack Obama spoke to a packed House Chamber and millions of television viewers on Wednesday.
"We're on track to add another 1 and a half million jobs to this total by the end of the year," said Obama.
President Obama made employment the focus of Wednesday's State of the Union Address, and district 19 U.S. Representative Randy Neugebauer said that's what Americans were waiting for. "I think what the American people are wanting to know is what the President intends to do about the fact that 10% of the American people are unemployed, 17% of the American people are underemployment," said Neugebauer.
In the address, President Obama said the economy is starting to pick back up. "The plan that has made all of this possible from the tax cuts to the jobs is the recovery act. That's right the recovery act also known as the stimulus bill," said Obama.
Throughout the speech, Obama received constant support from Congressional Democrats, with Republicans notably quiet, but Obama said jobs must be the number one focus in 2010 and he even called for a new job bill. "Tonight I'm proposing that we take the $30 billion of the money Wall Street banks have repaid and use it to help community banks give small businesses the credit they need to stay afloat," said
Obama believes we still need health insurance reform and urged Congress to come together and agree on a plan.
"What I really wanted to hear from the President is that he wants to hit the reset button here and realize that this healthcare plan that they brought forward does not have the support of the American people, narrowly passed to the house, it narrowly passed to the senate, and with something as important as health care we need to get this right, it doesn't need to be a partisan issue, it needs to be a bipartisan issue," said Neugebauer.
NewsChannel 11's Facebook fans took to the site to voice their opinions on the address.
Kaylin wrote, "He's doing a good job so far. I'm actually watching."
Seth adds, "He got what he wanted and got in office and really forgot the reason he ran."
Aimee wrote, "Obama completely missed the mark on the unemployment rate."
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