Today, the American people are facing one of the most challenging times in our nation's history. Our economy remains sluggish, people fear losing their jobs and their homes, and many are worried about the future their children and grandchildren will inherit. They are deeply concerned about the outlook for our great country and wonder if their children will grow up in the same America they did. People are looking for real solutions to the problems we face.
While the Democrats in Congress have responded to the current economic crisis with unprecedented levels of spending, government intrusion in the private sector, and expansion of the federal government, these actions have only exacerbated the problem. These reckless policies have done little to create jobs, leaving our unemployment rate hovering near ten percent, but have certainly saddled our children and grandchildren with debt that is not their own.
The American people are hurting and so nothing is more important to me than ensuring the future growth of our economy. The time is now for a renewed commitment to the people and the fundamental principles that made our country great.
A few weeks ago House Republicans released our "Pledge to America", which is the result of our conversations with everyday Americans, like many of my constituents here in the Sixth District of Virginia. If we in Congress work hand in hand with the American people we can change the way business is done in Washington by enacting commonsense legislation.
In this new governing agenda, House Republicans pledge to the American people to begin work immediately on five major policy goals and propose specific legislative initiatives within each broader area. These goals include: to create jobs, end economic uncertainty and make America more competitive; to stop out-of-control spending and reduce the size of government; to repeal and replace the government takeover of health care; to reform Congress and restore trust; and to keep our nation secure at home and abroad.
The American people are demanding accountability and results and that is what House Republicans are offering. I invite everyone to take the time to visit the website pledge.gop.gov. There you will have the opportunity to read the entire text of the Pledge, including our specific legislative proposals.
I am as committed as ever to the principles and priorities of accountability, limited government, low taxes, fiscal restraint, energy independence, border security, a strong national defense, personal responsibility and economic prosperity and I will continue to be a leader in addressing these important issues. We have much work to do, and I look forward to working with you to set America back on track toward a prosperous and free future.