We Need a Plan to ‘Win the Future’

By Judy Chu

?The President gave an inspiring speech, a vigorous call for Americans of all stripes to work together to restore our nation’s greatness and leadership, regardless of ideology or party affiliation.

His assertion that we must move forward ‘”together, or not at all,” is a crucial part to his plan to “Win the Future.” He is absolutely correct: We cannot complete our climb out of the Great Recession with partisan rancor.

We must now make sure that we can all indeed work together tomorrow. And in the next few months our new House Leadership will have to prove that they share the president’s vision, which I truly believe is the vision of all Americans. True compromise means each party must give and take, so I hope all Members will work across the aisle to enact some of President Obama’s proposals.

I whole-heartedly agree that we must out-educate, out-innovate and out build the rest of the world if we want to remain the economic leader we are today.  The President has laid out an inspired plan that focuses on increasing our competitiveness abroad by leveraging America’s penchant for ingenuity and innovation to regain our economic edge.

I share the president’s goal of growing our economy by removing trade barriers and evening the playing field for American companies abroad. But that also means addressing the obstacles they face in competing globally right here at home. As the president said, there are 12 different government agencies that deal with exports. This is unacceptable, and we must do better for our small business owners and entrepreneurs.

And we must do better to prepare our youth to succeed in the 21st Century global workforce. I was heartened to hear the president recommit our nation to once again leading the world in education, math and the sciences, and I will hope that the Administration heeds his call to give our teachers the respect and resources they deserve, as opposed to simply scapegoating them for the shortcomings of our educational system.

But we also need out of the box solutions to give our future workforce the edge to successfully compete globally, like my bill in Congress that establishes and funds foreign language programs at schools throughout the U.S.
U.S. Rep. Judy Chu represents California’s 32nd District, which includes East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. She is a member of the House Judiciary, Government Oversight, and Education and Labor Committees.

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