The issues of Economy and Jobs are important to our district and to my work in Congress.
No single issue is more important to the future of our community than jobs. Most of us know someone – be it a friend, relative, or colleague – who is looking for work right now. Young people are especially hard hit. At a time when they should be looking towards a bright and promising future, they are instead seeing their hopes diminished and their dreams deferred. This problem must be solved. That’s why I have re-introduced legislation to combat youth unemployment. In the 112th Congress this legislation is known as SAY YEA (H.R. 1901) and it provides $6.5 billion dollars to reduce youth unemployment.
While we must address our government’s deficit spending it cannot be done on the backs of hardworking Americans who at this critical time need lower taxes, consumer protection, and the ability to obtain fair financing to keep their homes and grow small businesses.
Some economists have predicted that the economy will rebound but that it won’t produce new jobs as it does. This kind of so-called “jobless recovery” is unacceptable. I will continue to make job creation and growth my priority. There can be no recovery unless the people recover!