Gun control, infrastructure repair, middle-class jobs and universal preschool.
Those are some of the topics U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro hopes President Obama talks about in his State of the Union speech Tuesday.
“On the issue of gun violence, it’s essentially what the president has been talking about: shutting the loopholes down, a ban on assault weapons [and] high-capacity magazines, expanded mental health services,” DeLauro said in a brief phone interview this morning. “The president focusing in on this issue, which is critically important.”
The Democrat who represents the 3rd District said she is also looking for the president to outline his plans to “help middle class families” by boosting the economy and tackle long-deferred infrastructure repairs. She has been promoting an ”infrastructure bank” that would use public and private money to rebuild crumbling networks.
And DeLauro said there’s a “rumor” Obama will unveil an ambitious new agenda for universal preschool. “That’s something I’ve been talking about for a long time,” she said. “We’ll wait and see.”
DeLauro plans to take Carlos Soto, the brother of slain Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Victoria Soto, as her SOTU guest.
Later today, Connecticut’s two Senators, Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, will announce who they are taking to the speech. They will also discuss their expectations and hopes for the address.