Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) issued the following statement on the speech given by President Obama before a joint session of Congress on September 8:
"Just today the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power that I serve on heard from two businesses that say the Administration's rule proposals are unobtainable with current technology and would result in job losses.
"I applaud the President's decision last week to pull a proposed EPA rule that would have tightened ground-level ozone. Businesses need certainty in order to invest in equipment or jobs, and the many rules this Administration have on the drawing board create uncertainty.
"I wish the President would place a freeze on new federal regulations until the economy recovers. I hope he does follow through on his review of rules and regulations and make those 500 reforms he cited in his speech.
"In addition, the Republican House would certainly pass free trade agreements with Columbia, Panama, and South Korea; however, the President has yet to officially send them to Congress for a vote. These FTAs would increase jobs here, not in the other countries.
"The House has passed 11 bills that have had no vote in the Senate. These would help reduce bureaucracy and encourage job creation. These bills include The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (HR 872), The Energy Tax Prevention Act (HR 910), and Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act (HR 1229).
"The North American-Made Energy Security Act (HR 1938) passed the House on July 26 with bipartisan support. It would expedite the Administration's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. If built, it would create 20,000 construction jobs and help reduce our reliance on overseas imported oil.
"I will look closely at the President's proposals, but so far neither stimulus nor tax cuts have helped lower the unemployment rate."