Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today visited Decatur, Springfield, and Moline to discuss his jobs agenda.
The economy created 290,000 jobs in April, the best employment report in 4 years. But Hare said we must do more to put people back to work. "April's jobs report made it perfectly clear that our economy is beginning to recover," Hare said. "Just one year ago, the unemployment rate hit a 25-year high. Now, due to the policies we adopted including the Recovery Act, our economy is creating jobs again and more Americans are back in the market looking for work. This is certainly good news, but with millions of Americans still unemployed, we cannot rest on our laurels."
Hare discussed two pieces of legislation he believes will speed up job creation. The first is the Local Jobs for America Act, a bill that would create one million public and private sector jobs by providing funding to local communities across the country. The bill would provide $75 billion over two years to local communities to hold off on planned cuts or hire back critical workers like teachers and emergency personnel. It will also fund approximately 50,000 additional private-sector on-the-job training positions to help businesses put people back to work.
The second bill is the Security in Energy and Manufacturing (SEAM) Act, legislation that would begin to restore our manufacturing base by creating many permanent, high-paying jobs in the clean energy industry. The bill would continue and improve an extremely successful program that provides a 30 percent tax credit for the creation of new manufacturing facilities that produce alternative energy components.
"We need to use the momentum of April's employment report to get even more aggressive on job creation," Hare said. "Passage of the Local Jobs for America Act and the SEAM Act would create millions of jobs and put a significant dent in the unemployment rate. I will continue to work hard to move this jobs agenda forward."