Tomorrow America will recognize Labor Day, which, according to the Department of Labor, is a "creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers."
The unfortunate truth is that for too many Americans, Monday won't be a welcomed "day off" celebrating their social and economic achievements. For more than 13 million of our friends and neighbors across the country, Labor Day will be another day of unemployment and worry: worry about making ends meet for their families, worry about finding work, and worry about the future.
Our country's unemployment rate has hovered above 8% for three and a half years, but it doesn't have to be this way. There are common sense ways to put our country on a better path, where businesses aren't hesitant to expand and more Americans go to work each day. Comprehensive tax reform, a responsible national budget, and smarter, lighter regulations for our businesses will help us bring our unemployment down over time.
Beyond these common-sense reforms, one of the most effective ways our government can help create jobs is by simply getting out of the way and unleashing the economic potential of our energy sector in an environmentally-responsible way. The House has passed my legislation to open the Outer Continental Shelf off the Atlantic Coast for energy harvesting, which would create more than 18,000 jobs. But the President has made clear that this strategy and these jobs are "off limits' for our country.
The White House's "moratorium' on energy exploration is irreconcilable with the will of Virginians. As a Commonwealth, we want to put people back to work, and we want the opportunity to leverage the wind, oil, and natural gas we have sitting right off our beautiful coast. Let's ensure that by next Labor Day, more Americans are back to work and better off than they are for this year's holiday. We can, we must, and we will continue to press for expanding the energy sector. And we'll do it responsibly. We're Americans, we can do this!
Mindful that I work for you, I remain
Yours in Freedom,