This weekend we mark the tenth anniversary of that horrific day -- September 11, 2001 -- when America came under attack from terrorists intent on destroying this country and all it stands for. Patriot Day provides us with the chance to remember the victims of those terrible events and to honor the first responders, the firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians, and others who set aside their own safety concerns and bravely entered the burning World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon to try to save their fellow Americans whose lives were in peril. In so doing, these patriots selflessly put their own lives at risk -- with some of these heroes losing their lives in service to others.
On September 11th we also pay tribute to the passengers of Flight 93 who crashed a hijacked jetliner that was to have been used as a torpedo to target the U.S. Capitol or the White House, destroying one of our nation's symbols of freedom and killing hundreds and perhaps thousands of people along with it. And, on this somber anniversary, Americans also offer thanks to the men and women in uniform who continue to protect our country from those who would do us harm. The war against terrorism is far from over. We pray to God His grace will be upon us and He will continue to protect this land from further attacks.
Watch my speech on the floor of the House of Representatives here.
In other news this week, representatives of the people returned to Washington, with jobs the key issue being discussed. I was in the House Chamber when President Obama delivered his much-anticipated jobs speech to a Joint Session of Congress and to the nation. Unfortunately, instead of something bold and promising, the President presented rehashed proposals that have already failed to produce much in the way of employment. The President wants to spend an additional $447 billion in stimulus funding to create jobs. It didn't work before and I don't think it will work this time.
In 2009, President Obama put the nation further in debt with an $800 billion stimulus plan that he promised would keep unemployment below 8 percent. Instead, we've had 31 consecutive months of unemployment at or above 8 percent.
There is a jobs proposal that can work and is being advanced by House Republicans. Our pro-jobs plan addresses our economic challenges, encourages investment, and supports job creators without raising taxes on working families and small business owners. Our plan reduces many of the regulatory government burdens on small businesses, simplifies the tax code which has become too complicated and cumbersome, and includes passage of the pending free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea -- agreements that will create 250,000 jobs and that are being withheld by the President.
In addition, the House Republican plan empowers families, small businesses and entrepreneurs by maximizing domestic energy production to ensure an energy policy for the 21st century. This includes promotion of lower energy prices through increased domestic production and by encouraging all forms of energy production.
Finally, we are working toward significant spending cuts to pay down America's unsustainable debt burden and force Washington to start living within its means as American families must do each and every day. Advancing these ideas will create jobs and move us toward a balanced budget. We will continue to promote these proposals in the weeks to come, while looking for areas of agreement with the White House. The American people deserve action -- but smart action that will advance the cause of job creation without spending our way further into economic insolvency.
I want to remind you that I welcome your views and concerns. If you're in Washington, please visit our office at 1023 Longworth House Office Building. In the 4th District, we would enjoy meeting you at our offices in Jefferson City, Harrisonville, Lebanon, and Sedalia. You can also follow us by going to our website at www.hartzler.house.gov where you can link to our pages on Facebook and Twitter. I am honored to serve you.
Have a good week.