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Getting Americans Back to Work

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mrs. McMORRIS RODGERS. I rise today because I want to get Americans back to work.

When I was a little girl on the farm in Kettle Falls, Washington, my parents used to tell me, ``Cathy, life isn't always fair.''

But, you see, the difference was the things that weren't fair were outside of my control. Years later, we have a President who likes to talk a lot about fairness, but what he fails to mention is what isn't fair.

It isn't fair that this administration continues to make life harder for Americans all across this country--whether it's paying the bills at the end of the month, higher health care costs, higher gas prices, or an economy that's struggling with the smallest workforce participation rate since 1979. It is unfair for Washington to continue down a path that isn't working.

This week, we are voting to clear the way for the Keystone pipeline. It will create at least 20,000 new jobs from construction alone. It's just one piece of a true all-of-the-above energy plan. Keystone will put people back to work immediately while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and adding billions of dollars to our economy.

It is time for the President to stop talking about fairness and to actually start supporting it, and he can start by signing the Keystone project into law and get Americans to work all across this country.

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