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Press Release: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, Responds to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

FOR RELEASE: January 29, 2014

CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224,

Washington: The bipartisan, lengthy ovation for Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg, the grievously wounded Army Ranger, served as the most compelling message of President Obama’s State of the Union Address last evening. In a touching tribute, the president described how the young man sacrificed so much and worked so hard to come back from his injuries. Thankfully, he did not have to struggle alone for, as President Obama noted, he had grown stronger “with the support of caregivers like his dad Craig, and the community around him.”

Caring for one another, hard work and service to the nation, along with opportunity and fairness, are bedrock American values.

That is precisely why there should be strong bipartisan support for many of the issues the president spoke about in his address. Equal pay for equal work should be a given, along with healthcare for those previously denied insurance because of preexisting conditions. We must repair our tattered immigration system, which divides families. And it is simple justice that no full-time worker should have to live in poverty. President Obama was right to highlight all of these needs, and more.

Sadly, the present hyper-partisan Congress has found it almost impossible recently to come together in support of such commonsense principles. We trust that will change, and we call on Congress to make that happen for the good of the entire nation.

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