Representative Ann Kirkpatrick today released the following statement in response to the announcement that the House will go back into session next week:
"Hopefully, a week out of Washington has been a reminder for everyone of what's important to the American people -- finding ways to create jobs without growing the budget deficit. Times are still tough for working families across the country, and they are frustrated with Congress focusing on partisan warfare instead of doing its job. This is an opportunity for Members to change that trend and put getting folks back to work back at the top of the agenda.
"Jobs have always been my top priority, and I have been pushing Congress on several efforts to jumpstart Arizona's economy with federal action, not federal dollars.
"My Copper Basin Jobs Act will help create more than 2,000 mining jobs with a land exchange -- it is awaiting action by the House Natural Resources Committee.
"My bills to designate the Sedona Red Rocks as a National Scenic Area and to expand the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument will help us create new jobs in the tourism industry with little cost to taxpayers -- they are ready to be considered by the full House.
"These common-sense solutions would be huge steps towards ending the economic downturn in District One without excessive spending. Congress needs to break through the gridlock and move them forward as soon as possible. As long as the House is holding this session, they should act on these bills so they can start helping Arizona get back on track."
Rep. Kirkpatrick has been pushing hard for cost-effective ways to create and save jobs in Greater Arizona, and the Copper Basin Jobs Act (H.R. 4880), the Sedona-Red Rock National Scenic Area Act (H.R. 4823) and the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Boundary Modification Act (H.R. 5110) have been major parts of her efforts.
In addition to these bills, the Congresswoman helped craft an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to keep the Yavapai County Fairgrounds and Yavapai Downs in operation, saving over 300 jobs, and launched a successful drive to close the "black liquor" tax loopholes, preventing $25 billion in waste and helping keep more than 300 people on the job at the Catalyst Paper Mill in Snowflake.
Rep. Kirkpatrick is also working to get the Four Forests Restoration Initiative off the ground, which will revitalize the timber industry, create more than 600 jobs and attract businesses to District One with low costs. Further, she has called for an end to boycotts of Arizona and its businesses so that working folks doing the best they can to support their families during the downturn will not be hurt.