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Reed: Southern Tier Record High Unemployment Requires Plan of Action

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Recent unemployment numbers in the Southern Tier are a serious sign of continued concern for Rep. Tom Reed. In January, the combined unemployment rate reached 11.2 percent in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties, marking the highest unemployment rate since at least 1990.

"These numbers are truly disturbing," said Rep. Tom Reed. "To have historic high unemployment here in the Southern Tier puts an even stronger emphasis on the need for a long-term, comprehensive plan of action. Our small businesses -- our job creators -- are suffering and need action from Washington."

In the House, Reed is working toward a comprehensive approach through his position on the Ways and Means Committee where comprehensive tax reform is the priority, working on legislation to cut through regulations and highlight government waste, fraud and abuse, and co-chairing the House Manufacturing and Natural Gas Caucuses.

"Our long-term, comprehensive plan is to tackle our huge national debt, achieve comprehensive tax reform, reduce onerous and often times duplicative regulations, and develop an "all-of-the-above" comprehensive energy policy. These are all common-sense pieces of the puzzle that will contribute to putting our country on a path toward long-term stability. If we do not focus on these areas that promote private-sector job growth, we're doing the unemployed, and underemployed, a disservice."

The House released its Budget proposal Tuesday and Reed said the Senate is expected to announce its first budget in four years this year. The White House's budget, which was due in February, is expected at some point this spring. "Asking that the Senate and White House join us in producing a budget is a first step toward economic certainty."

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