Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) released the following statement today, after Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the American Jobs Act yesterday evening.
"With unemployment at 9.1% across the nation, and above 14% in San Bernardino County, the American people are calling for a bold plan of action to create jobs here at home. With the American Jobs Act, President Obama has sent to Congress a proposal that would create new jobs and grow our economy over the long term, and does not add one dime to our deficit. I am deeply troubled that yesterday, Senate Republicans voted to stop this bill for purely political reasons despite their support for these exact same proposals in the past."
"American families are suffering, yet Congressional Republicans still refuse to move forward with any substantive job creation legislation. The American Jobs Act strengthens small businesses so they can grow; rebuilds America's roads, bridges, and schools; and keeps teachers, firefighters, and police officers on the job. In my own Congressional District, cities like Rialto and Colton have been forced to hand out pink slips to too many firefighters and teachers. The American Jobs Act would help these communities and localities across the nation, yet the "Party of NO' still refuses to bring it forward for a vote."
"The time for political games is over. I strongly urge Republicans to put country before party, and work with Democrats in Congress and the President on a job creation platform that American families so desperately need. The next election is thirteen months away, and the people who sent us here don't have the luxury of waiting thirteen months. They need help, and they need it now!"