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Mar052011

GOP Address: 'Job Creation Has to Be the Number-One Priority'

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Tennessee Congresswoman Diane Black delivered this week's Republican address with great emphasis on Congress' need to create jobs for Americans.  Not unlike her Republican counterparts, Black said that it was Washington's policies that were getting in the way of job creation.

"Job creation has to be the number-one priority for both parties," Black said in her weekly address.  "The policies of the past haven't worked, and despite some signs of life in our economy, the unemployment rate is still far above the levels that the president's advisors promised when the 'stimulus' spending bill was signed into law."

Rep. Black proposed that government get 'out of the way,' cut spending and 'remove barriers' such as regulations and taxation she says are hindering economic growth.  Black added that it has been the main focus of the new majority in the House to take inventory of existing rules and regulations in Washington to "root out the ones that make it harder to create jobs."

Just like Black said was done with Obamacare, the new Republican House majority plans to vote to cut what she called "wasteful mandatory spending programs."  In addition to Obama's health care bill, Black said House Republicans plan to address the Dodd-Frank financial regulation that she says is "drying up credit" for small businesses and EPA rules that are hurting job creation and creating higher fuel prices for Americans.

Black closed the address urging Senate Democrats to pass H.R. 1, a bill that passed in the House two weeks ago to cut federal spending and keep government running through the end of the fiscal year.  In the meantime, a short-term measure was passed that cuts spending by $4 billion and allows another two weeks for the Senate to pass H.R. 1, or to pass an alternative that will work for Americans, Black said.

Whatever happens, Black said, "Doing nothing is not an option."

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