Thigpen responds to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

January 29, 2014

Thigpen responds to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Wilmington, NC—Today Jason Thigpen, Democratic candidate for Congress in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District, responded to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Below is that response:
First of all, I support President Obama’s action to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for new federal contract workers. While the annual compensation of CEOs has risen 726% from 1978 to 2011, annual compensation for workers have risen 5.7% during that same period. Tonight the President called for raising the minimum wage for all American workers, and I fully agree with him on this matter. Everyone working full-time should receive a living wage. And it’s also time that we gave women equal pay for equal work.

When elected I will vote to close the tax loopholes that provide incentives to businesses that ship jobs overseas, and I will work to lower tax rates for businesses that create good jobs right here in America, as President Obama suggested last night. We must also invest in rebuilding our infrastructure to attract businesses and create good jobs doing that work.

I agree with the President that it is essential that our children are prepared for the 21st century economy and that every young person who wishes to attend college should have the opportunity to do so. However, I think we should also provide quality vocational education for students who prefer to go this route and for workers who want additional training for the kinds of jobs now available.

President Obama indicated that he will endeavor to work with the GOP leadership in Congress to pass the initiatives he proposed and help move our nation forward. However, if Republicans remain obstinate, he stated that he will use executive action when possible to get the job done. I support taking the action required to break the legislative logjam in Washington so that we can get our country back on the right track again.

I was particularly moved by the story of First Class Cory Remsburg, an Army Ranger wounded in Afghanistan, who has had a long, hard road to recovery. Still blind in one eye and learning to walk again, Sergeant Remsburg’s story is a powerful reminder that we must keep our commitments to our veterans. As a wounded veteran myself and one who has worked for the rights of veterans, I fully support the President when he said:

As this time of war draws to a close, a new generation of heroes returns to civilian life. We’ll keep slashing that backlog so our veterans receive the benefits they’ve earned and our wounded warriors receive the health care — including the mental health care — that they need. We’ll keep working to help all our veterans translate their skills and leadership into jobs here at home, and we will all continue to join forces to honor and support our remarkable military families.

Jason Thigpen is a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. A combat-wounded Veteran, and recipient of the Purple Heart Medal, Thigpen has been instrumental in advocating for legislative change in multiple states as well as federally to ensure the rights and benefits of our nations’ veterans and military families. He grew up in Wilmington and currently resides with his wife and family in Holly Ridge.

For more information, visit or contact his campaign at or call 910-523-6749.

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