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Goodlatte Satement Following President Obama's Address on Jobs

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Bob Goodlatte issued this statement following President Obamas joint address to Congress on the nations staggering unemployment rate.

"Today, the American people are facing one of the most challenging times in our nations history. Our economy remains sluggish, people fear losing their jobs and their homes, and many are worried about the future their children and grandchildren will inherit. They are deeply concerned about the outlook for our great country and wonder if their children will grow up in the same America they did. People are looking for real solutions to the problems we face and they are looking for Republicans and Democrats to work together to find these solutions.

Tonight President Obama came to Congress to lay out his plan to get Americans back to work. I appreciate his willingness to address this critical situation and like the President I am committed to finding meaningful ways to address our nations unemployment crisis. However, we cannot tax and spend our way out of this crisis.

Tonight President Obama came to Congress to lay out his plan to get Americans back to work. I appreciate his willingness to address this critical situation and like the President I am committed to finding meaningful ways to address our nations unemployment crisis. However, we cannot tax and spend our way out of this crisis.

First and foremost we must pay down Americas unsustainable debt and start living within our means. Our skyrocketing deficit spending discourages investment and threatens to bankrupt our nation. Reining in government spending will strengthen the dollar, control inflation and hold down interest rates, which all affect the affordability of loans for our nations economic engine our small businesses -- as well as the prices of goods and services for our nations citizens.

In addition we must remove barriers to employment including the threat of higher taxes, new government regulations and costly mandates. Other common-sense solutions for job-growth include reforming the unemployment system to help those out of work find jobs, increasing the education and training of our workforce, and removing unnecessary barriers to domestic energy production.

The American people want to see an end to the economic uncertainty and a plan to create jobs. The Congress and the Administration must work together to end the constant threat of out-of-control spending, new taxation and excessive regulation from Washington that has resulted in the worst environment for private-sector job creation in many years.


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