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GOP Address: Rep. McMorris Rodgers Asks, 'Where are the jobs?'

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican Address, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the only question worth asking after Friday's dismal jobs report is, "Where are the jobs?"  The Washington State congresswoman also calls the reported 9.2 percent unemployment rate "unacceptable."

McMorris Rodgers says it is uncertainty about the nation's debt reduction plan, energy prices and "burdensome mandates" on small business owners that is mainly hindering economic growth.  But she says the GOP-hatched "Plan for America's Job Creators" is designed to alleviate barriers to private sector job growth and stop policies that drive up energy costs.

The congresswoman, who also serves as vice chair of the House Republican Confernence, says that if President Obama is really open to job creation ideas from any person in any party, then "he should encourage Democrats in the Senate to take up the jobs bills the House has passed."  

"From the look of things, the Democrats who run Washington don't have a jobs plan; they have a spending agenda," Rep. McMorris Rodgers charges.

McMorris Rodgers suggests that if the nation's debt limit is to be raised, serious spending cuts exceeding the amount by which the limit is raised must accompany the increase.  

She finally says that Americans should not have to sacrifice in the form of higher taxes and that Washington should consider sacrificing a bit.

"The American people have already sacrificed in lost jobs and chronic uncertainty," she says.  "It's time for Washington to do the sacrificing."

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