By Joel Turner
Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Chatham) said that the House of Representatives has passed several bills this year that would create thousands of jobs and return confidence to the marketplace.
But dozens of the House-passed bills are stalled in the Senate awaiting action, he said.
"It's unfortunate that the Senate refuses to share the same urgency as the House when it comes to addressing our unacceptable employment," Hurt said.
The House's job agenda is driven by the understanding that it is the private sector, not the government, that creates jobs, he said.
"The best thing that we can do to help turn our economy around is to remove the government as a barrier to job growth and put our economic recovery back where it belongs -- in the hands of the people and small businesses," Hurt said.
With many people in the 5th District out of work, he said, "we cannot afford to have the Senate continue to block economic progress while providing no solution of their own," he said.
Hurt said there have been two job announcements recently in the 5th District. Axxor Group will establish its first U.S. operation in Pittsylvania County, creating 31 jobs. Microsoft will expand its operation in Boydton, creating 10 additional jobs.
"It is critical that we continue to support pro-growth policies that encourage this kind of investment, innovation and expansion across the 5th District so we can put more people back to work,"ﾠHurt said.