Improving Employment, Not Unemploymentby Representative John A. Boehner
Posted on 2014-01-15
BOEHNER asked and was given permission to address the House for
Mr. BOEHNER. Madam Speaker, today in our country, too many families
and small businesses are struggling. Unemployment remains high; wages
are stagnant; prices for everything from gas to groceries are rising
faster than paychecks. The middle class is getting squeezed, and the
policies from this administration have not worked.
Five years after the President took office, many Americans are still asking the question, Where are the jobs? Unfortunately, instead of helping to create jobs, the President is focused on making it easier to live without one. The House is focused on making it easier to find a job, to break the status quo, not to sustain it. We have passed dozens of bills that are sitting over in the Senate. Our focus is on ending this new normal, improving employment, not unemployment.
The President says he wants to make this year a ``year of action.'' Sounds good to me. He can start by calling on the leaders over in the Senate to pass our jobs bills. He can start by approving the Keystone pipeline and the tens of thousands of jobs it will create. He can start by leading on trade promotion authority that will help employers and provide more employment in our country. And he can start by working with us on education and skills training to give people more opportunities.
Let's make this a year of bipartisan action. I am sure the American people would welcome it.