Congressman Tom Price, M.D., vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget, responded to President Obama's latest speech on jobs today, saying:
"Clearly, this is little more than President Obama's latest attempt to distract from the repeated failures of his administration, including anemic economic growth, significantly high, sustained unemployment and no realistic plan to tackle the nation's $17 trillion in debt. His takeover of health care is proving to be the failure many predicted it would be, and that has left a majority of Americans -- including now a remarkable number of Democrats -- disapproving of Obamacare.
"While the president is talking, Americans are living day-to-day with the reality of his administration: a record low number of folks able to find full-time work; millions of workers stuck with part-time positions when they want full-time jobs; soaring energy costs that make it harder just to get by; and Obamacare looming on the horizon, threatening the quality, affordable health care coverage Americans need.
"Unlike the Obama Administration, the American people do not have the ability to pick and choose when they will "pivot' back to the nation's economic concerns. It would be helpful if the Administration stopped changing the subject and started changing its policies to those that foster job creation, spur economic growth and leave Americans with more of their own money to do with it as they wish."
In contrast to the erroneous claims of the White House and Washington Democrats, House Republicans have continually focused on the economy, passing 51 jobs bills last Congress after assuming the majority in January 2011. Most of these were stalled by inaction in the Senate or a veto threat from the White House. Today, despite continued opposition from the Democrat majority in Washington, House Republicans have outlined a positive agenda for economic growth and job creation while pursuing and passing important policies like a balanced budget, approval of the Keystone Pipeline for more American-made energy, as well as job training and workforce flexibility legislation to help those in the workforce and those looking for work.