WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today responded to President Barack Obama’s speech on the state of the economy at Knox College in Illinois.
“I certainly welcome President Obama’s renewed interest in a conversation about our economic challenges,” Rep. Roby said. “While American families are still struggling to make ends meet, we need more and not less discussion about jumpstarting job growth.
“I’m disappointed, however, that the President ignored the glaring economic problems created by his healthcare law. However well-intentioned, ObamaCare is driving up costs and dragging down our economy by making it harder for businesses to hire. A speech about economic challenges that fails to acknowledge the very real negative impact of ObamaCare just rings hollow.
“President Obama might be pivoting his message, but he isn’t pivoting his policies, and that’s a shame. Let’s pivot away from ObamaCare toward a patient-centered approach that actually improves care, brings down costs and doesn't kill jobs. Let’s pivot toward a fairer and simpler tax code that unleashes this country's pent up economic energy, making life better for Americans. Let’s pivot to an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy so families can afford to drive their cars, heat and cool their homes, and buy groceries.
“The American people are beginning to lose faith in this Administration – not because the President’s message isn’t working, but because his policies aren’t working.”
A quick glance at statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics show an economy still struggling to recover:
• The unemployment rate for June was 7.6 percent;
• The number of unemployed workers is 11.8 million;
• The number of workers working part-time for economic reasons is 8.2 million;
• Since President Obama took office, the average duration of unemployment has almost doubled from 19.8 weeks to 35.6 weeks.
And the Joint Economic Committee reports that the current economic recovery has produced 3.95 million fewer jobs than the average economic recovery.
House Republicans have outlined a plan for economic growth and jobs that includes expanding American energy production to boost manufacturing and make energy more affordable, reducing red tape that hampers growth and innovation, and simplifying the tax code to make American business more competitive globally.