"Instead of digging heels in the sand, President should join House in fight for jobs'
Just 18,000 jobs were created in the United States last month according to the latest figures released by the U.S. Labor Department. The number is less than one-fifth of what economists predicted and represents the lowest number in nine months.
The unemployment rate increased for the third straight month, rising to 9.2 percent -- the highest since December of last year. There are 14.1 million Americans actively looking for work who are unable to find a job.
"Instead of digging his heels in the sand, the President should join the House in our fight for jobs," said Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA). "We cannot spend our way out of the crisis; that much should be clear by now. Instead, we need to get government out of the way of the drivers of our economy: small businesses and working families. By enacting commonsense reforms and repealing overly-burdensome government regulations, we can reignite our economy."
Last month, House Republicans formalized a agenda for restarting the economy in their "Plan for America's Job Creators." It centers on empowering small businesses and reducing the regulatory burden on the economy -- estimated at $1.75 trillion by the Small Business Administration.
The plan would also increase American competitiveness by simplifying the tax code and provide reforms that would encourage businesses to bring back overseas profits to reinvest in America. To expand markets in which American entrepreneurs can compete, the plan calls for the passage of three pending free trade agreements -- creating up to 250,000 new American jobs.
Already making good on the plan's call to increase American energy productions, House Republicans passed three bills to roll back the Obama Administration's de facto moratorium on offshore American energy. Not only would the proposals increase the supply of American-made energy, it is estimated they would help create 1.2 million jobs according to Louisiana State University Economist Dr. Joseph Mason.
"While government cannot create jobs, it can empower job-creators," Kingston said. "We should all be able to get behind these and other commonsense measures to put Americans back to work and pave the way for a reinvigorated American economy."