The congresswoman who intends to represent the San Gorgonio Pass urged President Barack Obama on Monday to do more with his State of the Union address than kick off his 2012 campaign.
"For too long now, we have heard brilliant words from this administration, followed by little action or a quick reversal of policy," Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, wrote in a letter sent to the President in advance of Tuesday's State of the Union address.
Bono Mack currently represents the 45th Congressional District, which includes eastern Riverside County and the San Jacinto-Hemet area.
In November, she will seek re-election in the newly-formed 36th Congressional District, which includes Whitewater, Cabazon, Banning, Beaumont, Cherry Valley and Calimesa.
In her Monday letter to the President, Bono Mack urged Obama to work with Republicans and Democrats to create jobs and reduce unemployment by approving the and help create jobs in manufracturing to make "Made in America" matter again.
"Our nation is confronting many difficult problems. After a record 35 months of unemployment at 8.5 percent or above – the longest such stretch since the Great Depression – it’s time for this administration to get serious about creating new jobs," she wrote.
Bono Mack's letter was posted on her web site and distributed to news media.
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The White House plans to answer questions from the public submitted on social media following the State of the Union at 6 p.m. PST.
The President also plans to answer questions on YouTube, according to the White House. To participate:
- Starting Monday through Jan. 28, visit the White House YouTube channel to submit your questions and vote on your favorites.
- Watch the State of the Union live at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on YouTube.com/whitehouse or on WhiteHouse.gov/sotu.
Bono Mack is running for an eighth term in November. The only Democrat to announce plans to run against her so far is Raul Ruiz, an emergency physician at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.
Due to redistricting, both will run in the newly-formed 36th Congressional District, covering central and eastern Riverside County. A pdf copy of the new 36th District is attached to this report.