Representative Denham addressed America's jobs crisis today in a video statement to his constituents. After hearing the concerns of small business owners, leaders in the timber industry, famers and residents of his district, Denham heads into the fall session with his constituents needs at the forefront of his mind. In President Obama's Speech tonight, Rep. Denham hopes that he will recognize the importance of working together to build confidence in our financial markets, increase our exports as an industrial nation, and utilize our natural resources to get our economy and great country moving again.
"With unemployment at 9.1% and ZERO jobs created in the past month, there is no doubt; America is in a serious jobs crisis. 9.1% is far worse than the 8% the President promised us with the stimulus, and it disappoints me to say, it's nothing compared to the double-digit unemployment we're facing here in California.
"Here in the Valley, we are far too accustomed to the regulations that continue to shut down our businesses and we have too many friends and family members still out of work.
"Since I have been in office, my House colleagues and I have passed pro-growth bills and we are focused on creating an environment for economic growth and making it easier for businesses and entrepreneurs to grow and create jobs.
"I have met with many of you at town halls and district events and have heard from hundreds of you through telephone townhalls, emails, my website, letters and more. As a Valley farmer and small business owner myself, I understand the fear, frustration and concern you feel in these dire times: we are all fed up with the broken promises and the gimmicks coming from Washington.=
"This is why we introduced our Plan for America's Job Creators which provides specific proposals that focus on boosting private sector job creation.
"Tonight, the President will finally put forward his jobs plan. I hope he is ready to make job creation a priority and work together to get Americans back to work. In the wake of double-digit unemployment, I hope the President understands the importance of utilizing our own resources and implementing policies that will get our local economies growing again.
"More federal spending is not the answer to the Valley's double-digit unemployment rate. We must reduce the regulations and promote the economic policies that instill confidence in entrepreneurs and enable them to take a risk--the risk to go out and borrow money to start a business and create American jobs. We must work together to build confidence in our financial markets, increase our exports as an industrial nation, and utilize our natural resources to get our economy and great country moving again."