As you probably are aware, the unemployment rate across the nation is at 9.1%, and in San Bernardino Country it is at a staggering 14.3%. The American people need a bold plan of action to create new jobs and strengthen our economic recovery.
Last week, President Obama met these challenges by putting forward a substantial plan that includes the necessary combination of tax incentives and new investments needed to create growth. I believe that the proposals laid out by the President in the American Jobs Act include many concrete and achievable policy goals. A long-term payroll tax cut, new incentives for businesses to hire workers, and an extension of unemployment benefits will all help to end uncertainty and spur new economic activity. Likewise, increased federal investments in transportation, infrastructure, job training and education programs will help to create new jobs in the short term, while also laying the foundation for sustainable long term growth.
President Obama has called on Congress to come together and confront the challenges we must face in order to bring fiscal stability, create new jobs, and grow our economy over the long term. However, I believe that we can only overcome the obstacles we face if we move forward with a sense of cooperation and unity. I can assure you that I stand ready to work with all my colleagues-- Democrats, Republicans, and Tea Party Members -- to pass a bipartisan agenda of job creation efforts immediately.
The time for political games is over and the time to invest in the American people and rebuild our economy is here. It's time for all of us to put our country before party, so that we may commit to this bold plan of action American families so desperately need. In this time of economic uncertainty, we have a moral obligation to do everything in our power to assist working families in providing them with the resources they need to get back on their feet, beginning with supporting the American Jobs Act.
JOE BACA, Congressman
CA 43rd Congressional District