I recently joined President Obama in calling on Congress to pass the American Jobs Act.
Our top priority is creating jobs and making sure our country is economically competitive in the future. That means focusing on small businesses, infrastructure and education.
The American Jobs Act offers a clear path forward to help small businesses succeed, grow, and hire; provide tax relief for America's workers; and rebuild America's roads, bridges, rail lines, schools, and airports. The legislation is fully paid for and is based on bipartisan initiatives.
The American Jobs Act will prevent layoffs of up to 280,000 teachers nationwide and modernize at least 35,000 public schools, as well as community colleges -- proposals critical to creating jobs. It will also provide critical investments to improve education in our classrooms and to upgrade our schools to meet 21st century needs.
In California, the American Jobs Act will deliver tax cuts to 710,000 businesses, put 51,500 people to work rebuilding local infrastructure, prevent 37,300 teacher and first responder layoffs, and offer $1,740 in tax relief to a typical household.
Our country cannot wait any longer. Congress must act now.