Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) made the following statement after President Obama delivered a jobs speech to a joint session of Congress Thursday night:
“I appreciate that the President was willing to address the job-crushing results of over-regulation tonight, despite the fact most of them were created under his Administration. At least 219 new regulations are under consideration for the upcoming year and will cost an estimated $100 million or more. If the President is sincere in his commitment to unwinding the red tape and unleashing free enterprise, I hope he starts by repealing these 219 regulations.
“I spent this past month travelling up and down my district talking to Arizona’s job creators, workers, and too many unemployed Arizonans about how we can get America working again. What I heard, time and again, was that regulation and uncertainty were the greatest obstacles to sustainable growth in employment. Unfortunately, this president’s response is more burdensome, overarching government.
“This Administration’s regulatory environment has destroyed jobs and created a weak and uncertain economy. We have seen over and over that more stimulus, more government spending, and more short-term gimmicks are not the means to more jobs, but further economic decline.
“House Republicans have passed more than a dozen pro-growth measures to address the jobs crisis this year with many, more to come. It is time to stop growing government and allow the private sector to regain the confidence it needs to start employing Americans. That is a jobs plan that will work.”