As chairwoman of the Republican Women's Policy Committee (RWPC), I'm honored to call attention to the important work coming from Republican women in the House of Representatives. This week, we unveiled the new committee website and social media platforms to the public as we begin to highlight this important new platform. I hope you will visit the new RWPC website and engage on RWPC social media for more information about the 19 Republican women on the committee.
The president visited North Carolina yesterday as part of his "jobs and opportunity" tour. In my latest blog post, I provide some of the most recent statistics regarding the current jobs situation in our state. Unfortunately, many employers are not hiring due to the numerous Obamacare fees and penalties they are facing. You can find information about the work Republicans are doing to foster economic growth and job creation at gop.gov/jobs. Please continue to follow the work I am doing in Washington and the Second District at ellmers.house.gov. Engage on my social media outlets and download my app using the tools in the right sidebar. Thank you for sharing this information with your friends.
The Republican Women's Policy Committee
On Monday, I released the following statement regarding the new website and social media platforms for the Republican Women's Policy Committee for the 113th Congress:
"Since being entrusted to lead the RWPC in January, my staff and I have been reenergizing a new operation from the ground up in order to expand the committee's presence and highlight the important issues our members are working on in Washington."
"Through our new website and social media outlets, we are proud to introduce an engaging platform for people across the country to learn about our work in Congress and how we are bringing a woman's perspective to the important issues facing our nation. I'm dedicated to growing this committee and will continue to work diligently with my colleagues to engage with all Americans on the important issues that affect them and their families."
Please visit http://rwpc.ellmers.house.gov to learn more about the committee.
The Truth Behind the President's Jobs Tour
In my blog post from earlier this week, I took a look at the facts behind the president's jobs rhetoric:
This week, President Obama will be in North Carolina as part of his "Middle-Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour." This visit comes at a time when 4.4 million Americans have been unemployed long term -- out of work for 27 weeks or longer.
Unfortunately, North Carolinians are suffering with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country -- around 9 percent are without jobs and actively looking for work. The numbers are even worse when we look at the full picture.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the participation rate -- the number of people who currently have a job or are actively looking for work -- has dropped dramatically over the past five years. Too many Americans have given up hope of finding work.
As discouraging as those statistics are, the situation is even more dire when considering the prospect of Obamacare provisions that will be implemented over the next few years. Not only are Obamacare provisions already forcing employers to cut employee health benefits, but they continue to affect the ability of employers to expand and hire. According to a recent Gallup poll, almost half of small businesses think Obamacare is going to be bad for their business and 41 percent of small businesses are not hiring as a result of Obamacare.
Instead of creating opportunities for middle-class Americans, President Obama's policies have been devastating -- especially to North Carolinians looking for jobs. Instead of passing big government programs and regulations that make it harder for employers to hire, Republicans are in favor of innovative solutions to control spending, reduce health care costs, and make it easier for businesses to create jobs. Learn more about our plan for jobs at http://www.gop.gov/jobs/.
Sanford was chosen as the sole North Carolina city to participate in the international Main Street Matters competition, sponsored by paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore.
People can vote daily for Sanford (and other cities throughout the United States and Canada) at http://www.paintwhatmatters.com/. The 20 cities with the most votes by June 30 will receive free paint and paint services for three city blocks.