Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) issued the following statement on President Obama’s State of the Union address this evening:

“I was pleased by two things the President said tonight and one thing he did. First, he reminded us of the absolute importance of educating every one of our children, every one of our people, so that they can be competitive and help lead our shared effort to rebuild a nation that provides opportunity for everyone.  We can’t expect to offer the American Dream if we don’t equip our young people with the capabilities and talents they need. Second, he called on us to make sure that we lead, not follow, on a clean energy future. Finally, the President struck an important—and needed—tone of optimism. At this moment when many Americans are discouraged and doubtful, he reminded us that our nation can accomplish anything if we work together.”