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Barbara L.
Democrat CA 13

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  • Need for More Productive 113Th

    by Representative Barbara Lee

    Posted on 2013-01-15

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    LEE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Ms. LEE. Mr. Speaker, with a new year comes a new Congress, new and returning Members, and new opportunities to work together to do the work the American people sent us here to do. Americans have been very clear about what the priorities of Congress should be. At the forefront of these priorities is to get people back to work and to revitalize our economy.

    There is no doubt there has been some progress. Thirty-four consecutive months of private sector job growth is evidence of that. However, with 12 million people still unemployed, more must be done.

    If Congress is serious about addressing the deficit, then we must have a plan--such as the Make It in America agenda--to create jobs. Job creation leads to deficit reduction and is necessary for a full economic recovery.

    I am confident that with a new year will come a renewed focus to do the work of the American people. It is really time to put aside the dysfunction of the 112th Congress and to come together to address the problems facing our Nation.


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