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GOP Address: Rep. Bob Goodlatte Puts the Focus on Job Creation

David Scull/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte focuses on job creation -- a topic that is no doubt weighing on the minds of many Americans, considering new jobs data released this Friday showing no new jobs created in August.

Rep. Goodlatte says that, high taxes, burdensome regulations and "red tape" keeps employers from planning and investing in the workforce.  Additionally, Goodlatte says the President Obama's "stimulus" proved to be "counterproductive," leaving more reason for the president to call for bipartisan support for the Balanced Budget Amendment.  The measure, Goodlatte says would ensure the government could only spend what it is taking in.

"This fall, both the House and the Senate will vote on a Balance Budget Amendment to the Constitution that would force Congress to spend only what the government takes in," Goodlatte says in the address. "This would ensure spending cuts made today don't easily disappear tomorrow.  That doesn't just mean fiscal house in order -- It also means more certainty for the private sector and a better environment for job creation."

"That's why, in his upcoming jobs speech, President Obama should call on both parties to come together this fall and send a Balanced Budget Amendment to the states for ratification," he adds.

Goodlatte also says an expansion in energy production and the approval of free-trade agreements opening new markets to U.S.-made goods would boost job creation.  But, he says, government mandates and heavy spending must be removed as well.

"By focusing on removing barriers to job creation and creating barriers to debt creation, we can get our economy back on track."

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