Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Graves: Let's put the focus back on jobs
There was a time when even liberals in Washington understood that our focus must be on jobs. “It’s the economy, stupid,” as one top strategist in the Clinton Administration famously said when talking about what is most important to the American people. I wish the current Administration understood this. Instead of clinging to the failed policies of more government spending and unnecessary regulations, they should follow our lead in pursuing common sense legislation to help put Americans back to work.
I'm tired of being an energy-rich nation that acts like we are energy-poor. We have abundant resources right here at home, and House Republicans have been working to ensure that we can use these resources. We've also been working to provide more certainty to small businesses. We have passed dozens of bills to expand safe and responsible energy production and promote efficient new technologies. These are the kinds of pro-growth policies needed to boost jobs.
The people of Missouri’s 6th District are feeling the effects of this Administration’s failed economic policies and continued war on energy. We should not be held captive by unstable and often hostile nations, when we can create good paying American jobs by using our own resources. That is why, last week, the House passed legislation aimed at creating jobs and lowering energy costs for all Americans.
Right now, an overbearing federal government is making energy more expensive and stifling economic growth. Whether it is to address rising energy costs or an economy that continues to be burdened by regulations, common sense solutions are needed to ease the squeeze on hard working Missourians and that is exactly what we did by passing these bills. It is time for President Obama and liberal elites in Washington to follow our lead and pursue proven policies to fix the economy and give the American people some much needed relief.