“President-elect Obama’s announcement of his new economic team shows the incoming Administration is serious about making the health of our economy its top priority. Families across Washington state and the nation are struggling and the task of getting Americans back to work must begin today.

“Getting our economy back on track won’t be easy and it won’t be quick. We need to be honest about the sacrifices it will take. I am confident that the new Administration’s Economic Team is up to the challenge. I look forward to working with them and a new Congress to craft a stimulus plan that creates jobs today and invests in emerging industries, education and green jobs so that we can ensure the vitality of our economy well into the future.”