Excerpt: "We're going to be hearing from employers – employers of companies as small as 20 employees, to as large as 20,000 employees, here focused in Washington, and trying to highlight how it is that Congress can create an environment where the barriers to job creation are removed, and ultimately there is a buoyancy that returns to the economy.
Op-Ed, by Congressman Roskam
Excerpt: I look forward to a robust conversation hearing from job creators about what Washington needs to do – and should stop doing – to create an environment where private sector jobs can be created.
Job creators have been clear about what's working and what's not. Preventing the massive tax increases last December was a crucial first step to restoring certainty to the marketplace. Yet that is only one piece, and many barriers to job creation remain. Job creators want us to continue to stop the spending and debt binge Washington has been hooked on. Republicans have made a bold first step – cutting $100 billion from the President's budget request – to begin to live within our means and stop spending money we don't have.
Excerpt: "Today's votes show a great contrast between those willing to do something meaningful for long-term job creation and those committed to Washington's status-quo. House Republicans have already passed a serious proposal to responsibly fund the government while cutting back spending to pre-stimulus, pre-2008 levels. In contrast, Senate Democrats created a status-quo spending bill and then 'drew a line in the sand' against negotiating any more cuts."
Article: McClatchy Newspapers, by David Lightman
Excerpt: Beneath the surface, however, there's one kernel of harmony that offers hope for eventual compromises that matter.
"The entire conversation in Washington, D.C. has changed," said House Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam, R-Ill. "Now the entire conversation, including the conversation with the Senate and the White House, is where are we going to save?"
Excerpt: "Today's jobs numbers indicate that our economy is showing slight signs of recovery from the failed policies of the last few years, but there are far too many Americans still out of work. Unemployment is still well above eight percent over two years after the failed 'stimulus' – due to the trillions in wasteful spending and debt and the constant threat of higher taxes under Democrats' rule.
"From day one of our Majority, Republicans' number one focus has been to remove the barriers to job creation and today's report shows that our efforts are starting to work."
Op-Ed, The Hill, by Congressman Peter Roskam
Excerpt: We need a comprehensive fundamental tax reform overhaul — one that produces a system that raises the necessary revenue for the government to run as efficiently as possible, while removing barriers to private-sector job creation. More specifically, we need a revenue code that is fairer, simpler and no longer hinders our economic competitiveness — all of which cost jobs.
A fairer and simpler tax code would reduce costs for American citizens and job creators. Right now, the tax code often forces employers to make investment decisions based on the tax code, not by what is best for their business. The tax code should not be used to favor one widget over another, or one sector over another.
Excerpt: "I applaud the Senate for passing the House Republicans' plan to avoid shutting down the government while also cutting $4 billion in spending. With two extra weeks, the Senate now has more than enough time to debate and vote on the original seven-month continuing resolution that cut $100 billion – important cuts that begin to remove barriers to job creation."
Excerpt: "House Republicans have changed the conversation almost overnight in Washington – from spending and borrowing to saving and creating jobs. In that light, a study released today by the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) Republicans demonstrates that, across the globe, significantly cutting government spending encourages private-sector job creation and returns certainty to the economy. It's time for long-term cuts to be enacted – our economy needs it and future generations deserve it."
Excerpt: "House Republicans are showing once more that we're fully committed to preventing a government shutdown while also ensuring Washington makes necessary spending cuts that will begin to remove barriers to job creation. After already sending the Senate a fiscally responsible Continuing Resolution, we will soon send a second short-term CR – one that also cuts spending and keeps the government running – and which gives the Senate more time to consider the original. The onus is now squarely on Senate Democrats to not force a government shutdown by passing this two-week resolution"
Excerpt: "It's no secret that No Child Left Behind needs reform – and that's why I appreciate so many local school officials and teachers taking time to meet with me and share their concerns and advice for how to improve our education system.
"Teachers and administrators are on the front lines of our education challenges every day, and hearing their priorities for the future of No Child Left Behind is crucial for reform."