Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) made the following statement in response to President Obama's address to the Joint Session of Congress on September 8, 2011:
"The President's repackaged stimulus proposals laid out tonight will do nothing to create jobs. Higher taxes, record spending, and bigger government has failed to create jobs or boost economic growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are now 1.7 million fewer jobs in America than there were before the President signed the economic stimulus into law. By the President's own standards, the centerpiece of his jobs agenda has been a failure.
"But instead of candidly acknowledging that the 9.1% unemployment rate and $14.7 trillion deficit resulting from the stimulus are not signs of an economic recovery, the President continues to repeat the mistakes of the past and pursue his failed economic agenda.
"While I am pleased to hear the President express a desire to find areas of common ground that can be implemented in divided government, I am concerned that tonight we heard him propose more temporary measures that center on massive government spending and debt. I had hoped he would lay out permanent reforms and changes that would promote long term economic growth and remove the barriers of uncertainty that prevent employers from hiring.
"I am heartened by the proposals the President outlined that are based in conservative foundations and I plan to give them my full consideration. However, I seriously hope that he urges the Senate to consider the 10 House passed job-creating bills, including two bipartisan initiatives I introduced. Further delay of these bipartisan job-creating bills is unacceptable.
"It's my hope that we can work together to enact truly pro-growth, long-term reforms to provide American job creators with the certainty that they need to hire and expand."