Owens Reacts To State Of The Union


It was a major moment from President Barack Obama's State of the Union address when he announced another 34,000 troops will come from from Afghanistan over the next year.

The move would reduce current troop levels by more than half.

North country Congressman Bill Owens reacted to the news with caution.

"As we look out at this process, I think it's very important that it be done in a way that is orderly and that maintains the gains we've made in Afghanistan over the years, because of all the sacrifice that many of our friends and neighbors at Fort Drum have done," Owens said.

Owens says another moment that stood out was the president's mention of a new program called "Fix It First," which would put people to work on infrastructure repairs across the country.

"Clearly, we need the infrastructure repairs," Owens said. "We also need the jobs those infrastructure repairs will create."

All in all, the State of the Union address lasted over an hour. 

Friday, December 9, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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