For Immediate Release: January 21, 2009
CLASP Congratulates New Administration
(Washington, D.C.) Following is a statement by Alan Houseman, executive director of CLASP, regarding the swearing in of President Barack Obama, the nation's 44th president.
"The swearing in of President Barack Obama was an historic and moving moment for the country. As the nation celebrated, it did so knowing the President Obama has many tough challenges ahead. During his inaugural speech on Tuesday, in fact, President Obama said that the state of the ‘nation's economy calls for action, bold and swift ... not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.'
"We couldn't agree more. Low-income families have been hit hard by the crippled economy and face lower wages, rising unemployment and an ineffective safety net. We are pleased that the Obama Administration has already begun making decisions about how to stimulate our faltering economy and has recognized the unique economic recovery needs of low-income Americans. We support the new administration as it works with Congress to address and solve the nation's tough challenges."
CLASP develops and advocates for policies at the federal, state and local levels that improve the lives of low income people. We focus on policies that strengthen families and create pathways to education and work. Through careful research and analysis and effective advocacy, we develop and promote new ideas, mobilize others, and directly assist governments and advocates to put in place successful strategies that deliver results that matter to people across America.