U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement Friday regarding the new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
"For the last two years, Americans have been asking for a focus on job creation and reducing the barriers to American competitiveness. What they got instead was an exploding national debt, a trillion-dollar stimulus that failed to reduce the unemployment rate, and a health spending bill that's already leading to higher costs and massive burdens on our job creators--in other words, the opposite of competitiveness.
"I am encouraged that the President was able to work with us after the election on a bipartisan plan to prevent a tax hike on any American and in creating incentives for economic growth. Hopefully this panel will remind the President of other actions we can take now to improve our competitiveness. Over the past two years, we have seen free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea gather dust in the Democrat-controlled Congress, even though we know that increasing markets overseas would create good jobs in America at this time of high unemployment. The administration's EPA and its regulatory overreach is harming our competitiveness and stifling job growth while threatening to implement a national energy tax through even more regulations. And the taxes on job creators, unsustainable entitlements and massive new spending in the health care law will make our economy less, not more competitive.
"But unless the panel's first recommendations are to reverse the damage the policies of the last two years have done to the business climate, job creation and the exploding national debt, I fear it will do more to create good public relations for the White House than good jobs for struggling Americans."