U.S Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) today issued the following statement regarding Vice President Joe Biden's trip to Ohio:
"Just days after President Obama's own financial experts said he biggest economic impact of the stimulus has already occurred, Vice President Biden should be providing some answers to Ohio workers about where the jobs are. Ohio's unemployment rate continues to be well above the national average, and even with promises of massive job creation because of the stimulus -- the loss of 97,500 jobs since the Stimulus took affect proves yet again, it's not working.
"As I said on Friday, I believe it's time to recall unspent stimulus funds and redirect the money to actually create jobs and truly make a difference in people's lives. Ohioans are struggling, and while nearly 80 percent of stimulus funds remain unspent,the Obama administration predicts the remaining money will have little impacton the economy. Republicans have ideas about how to help workers and job seekers; it's time some of them were considered."
Note: Thursday,October 22, 2009, Christina Romer (Chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisors) in prepared testimony before the Joint Economic Committee, reported"Most analysts predict that the fiscal stimulus will have its greatest impact on growth in the second and third quarters of 2009 ... By mid-2010, fiscal stimulus will likely be contributing little to growth."
Friday, October 23, 2009, Congressman Tiberi called for unspent stimulus funds to be recalled. He's long voiced his concern that the Stimulus would not have the impact President Obama and Speaker Pelosi claimed.