Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Boehner on Ohio Job Numbers for May

From the office of the Speaker:
Last week, Ohio's unemployment figures for the month of May were announced, showing the state's labor force and the number of employed workers rising slightly, but unemployment overall continuing to sit at unacceptable levels. The Buckeye State economy is showing some hints of improvement because of Governor Kasich and the pro-growth policies his administration has implemented. But job growth in our state – as in other states – is still being hampered by the policies of the Democrats who run Washington. We have to change this.

While President Obama and his allies continue to stand-by their failed economic policies, House Republicans are working to help create an environment where economic growth is encouraged and Ohio job creators are once again confident in our economy.

We put forth a pro-growth jobs plan that builds on our Pledge to America. This plan focuses on removing government barriers to job growth and aims to empower small businesses, families, and entrepreneurs instead of holding them back with over-taxing, over-regulating, and over-spending.

I will continue to urge the President and Senate Democrats to change course and work with us to enact these necessary reforms.

Background Information
One year ago, the Obama administration launched its ‘Recovery Summer’ publicity tour to bolster flagging support for the ‘stimulus’ spending binge it had launched in 2009. ‘the fact is, the recovery act is working,’ said Vice President Biden, referring to the 'stimulus.' but the fact is, it didn’t work. ‘Recovery Summer’ fizzled, much like the ‘stimulus’ itself. Republicans have a real blueprint for job creation — the ‘Plan for America’s Job Creators.’ What makes our plan different is that it focuses on one thing: removing government barriers to private-sector job growth.

Approximately 1.5 million jobs have been lost in America since the ‘stimulus’ was signed in 2009. The national unemployment rate was 9.1 percent in May — far above the 8 percent promised by the White House — and has averaged 9.5 percent throughout the Obama presidency. The president can call this a ‘bump in the road’ or joke that those ‘shovel ready’ jobs that were promised ‘weren’t as shovel ready as we expected.’ But there’s nothing funny about policies that keep workers on the unemployment line and drive us deeper into debt.

In Ohio, signs of improvement are being seen, courtesy of Governor Kasich and the policies his administration has implemented. But job growth in our state, as in other states, is still being hampered by the policies of the Democrats who run Washington – who by their own admission ‘own’ this economy and the consequences it is having for American workers. That’s why, from the moment the American people entrusted us with the majority in the House of Representatives, Republicans have been focused on one thing: jobs.

Plan for America's Job Creators
First, our plan would rein in excessive regulatory burdens and red tape that make it harder for small businesses to hire new workers. We’ve already repealed the devastating small-business paperwork mandates included in Obamacare, and we’re working to repeal and defund the entire law.

“Our plan would expand American energy production to help create jobs and lower gas prices. The House has already passed the Energy Tax Prevention Act to stop the EPA from imposing a ‘cap and trade’ national energy tax that would destroy jobs and drive up prices. And we’ve approved several bills to expand production and end the administration’s de facto moratorium on offshore energy.

“Our plan would pay down America’s debt over time by stopping Washington from spending money it doesn’t have and preventing tax hikes on families and small businesses. The Hous has passed a budget that would cut more than $6 trillion in government spending, spur private-sector job growth, and save Medicare for current and future retirees.

“Our plan would reform the tax code to make America more competitive, closing loopholes and lowering rates. And our plan would open new markets for American-made goods by passing the three job-creating trade agreements that are now before Congress. Every day these agreements are delayed, Ohio farmers and manufacturers lose out to competitors in other countries.

Pledge to America

Plan for Job Creators