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District Activities: Congressman Rivera Speaks at Homestead Job Corps Center Commencement

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Congressman Rivera released the following statement regarding the August jobs report on Friday:

"With the worst unemployment report in a year, and the first time in more than 66 years that the American economy has reported no net job growth--Washington's history of senseless fiscal practices is clearly affecting job creation.

"America's job creators have no incentive to hire new employees or invest in new projects in the current economy. Failed policies in Washington have put them in that position--a $14 trillion national debt, trillion dollar annual deficits, and a lack of regard for the impact of that fiscal irresponsibility, or the burden of new regulations on the business community, have done so.

"Business owners are not going to move forward when they are facing uncertainty as to their future energy costs, their future insurance costs, their future operating costs--even uncertainty as to what their tax burden will be.

"House Republicans have passed legislation to end this uncertainty, cut spending, and remove barriers to job creation. The Democrats in the Senate and the White House have yet to do the same. As President Obama prepares to address a joint session of Congress next week, I hope he will finally present a jobs plan; one that focuses on creating a stable economic environment for America's job creators, not on more government spending and regulations that will only serve to create more doubt and unemployment reports like this one. "

District Activities: Congressman Rivera Speaks at Homestead Job Corps Center Commencement

Congressman Rivera was the Commencement Speaker at the Homestead Job Corps Center Commencement Exercises. The ceremony was part of the 2011 National Job Corps Commencement Day. Ceremonies were held at the 124 Job Corps centers across the country.

Other featured speakers included the Homestead Job Corps Center Director Anthony Taylor, Miami-Dade School Board Vice Chairman Dr. Larry Feldman, the honored guest, and Frank Balzebre, the Trade and Business Liaison to Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who presented a proclamation from the County.

Congressman Rivera spoke to the graduates about the role they can play in strengthening America's economy.

"It is an honor and a pleasure to be here with you and I want to congratulate the Homestead Job Corps center for the great work that it has done.

"It was mentioned earlier that we see in the national landscape, and in the international landscape, when we look at what's going on with the economy and with the job climate, perhaps it could allow some to be pessimistic about the future.

"I believe that when we stand in this room; in this microcosm of American society, we see a group of young people that are bucking that trend; that are giving us hope and inspiration for the future. I want all of you to know that you all are the exception. The fact that you would take the time and the effort and put forth all the energy it took to get here today--all of those statistics that we read about diminish with your achievement. I have no doubt that, in the future, you all will represent the best hope that we have to change the course of America's economy. It is important to recognize your achievement and what it represents for our nation. You demonstrate to this community, to all the leaders here, to your families and to your instructors, a certain spirit, an entrepreneurial spirit, a spirit of achievement that is exceptional.

"Turning our economy around begins with every individual. It begins with all of you. As you go into your community, into our nation, into pursuing your future endeavors, know that it begins with you. We can make sure America remains one of the strongest nations in the history of the world by making sure that you all do your part.

"America needs you to succeed now more than ever."

Job Corps is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and provides low income students ages 16-24 with no-cost education and training to earn a high school diploma or GED, learn a career and find and keep a good job.

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