Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“This was President Obama’s last State of the Union Address and I believe he touched the hearts and minds of the American people. He let them know, in a very direct way, that it is only through their involvement that we are going to make progress on the issues facing our country.

 “I was glad he reminded everyone how resilient this nation is and what a remarkable record we have seen over the past seven years – 14 million jobs created, more than 17 million Americans getting health coverage, the comeback of the auto industry and the recovery of the housing market.

 “The President also focused attention on some big ideas, including a ‘moon shot’ to cure cancer – which I strongly support – as well as a huge focus on voter suppression, which can undermine our democracy. And he reminded everyone that addressing climate change is a win-win not only for saving the planet, but for good-paying jobs in the clean energy sector.

 “I share the President’s view that we need a united coalition of nations to confront the threat of ISIL and other terrorist groups, and I fully agree with the President that the lessons of Vietnam and Iraq are clear – America should not be in the business of nation-building, putting the lives of our military men and women at risk.

 “Tonight the President was eloquent and passionate and realistic. I look forward to working with him this year as we both wind down our careers in elected life.”