Excerpt: President Obama and Democrats promised that if we just spent a trillion on the 'stimulus', unemployment would stay below eight percent. Two years later, unemployment remains at nine percent, and our economy is still feeling the effects of the Democrats' spending binge that brought trillions in debt, but not jobs. The 21st consecutive month of unemployment levels above nine percent is proof enough that it's time to enact Republican plans to cut spending and regulation to grow jobs.
Op-Ed, by Congressman Roskam
Excerpt: House Republicans are making this a cut and grow Congress. We are working to cut spending and anti-growth government regulations in order to grow the economy and private sector jobs. It's a stark contrast from the last few years where democrats have pursued a philosophy of more government spending that ultimately raised unemployment. The numbers don't lie: record-setting deficits and near double-digit unemployment, in Illinois and the U.S., for almost two years now confirm that a new way is needed.
Article: Roll Call, by John Stanton
Excerpt: With 89 members and representing about a third of the GOP Conference, this year's freshman class is also united philosophically around reducing government spending and debt and has used that to leverage a powerful role in policy development.
"I am very impressed with how sophisticated this freshman class is," said Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), who along with Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (Ill.) and Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (Wis.) has been holding "listening sessions" with freshmen on the budget, the debt and a continuing resolution to keep the government funded.
Excerpt: "Another thing the President issued was an invitation where he said the best thing we can do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the tax code. Well, the law governing presidential election campaign funds, and the presidential primary matching payment account, is located in the Internal Revenue Code - which really, inherently, makes no sense. I think during the course of this debate, Mr. Chairman, we are going to lay out the argument as to why the President's first point can be greeted and agreed to that first goal that this is simply something we can do without."
Excerpt: "I fear that President Obama is not listening to Americans' clear warnings, because 'invest' and 'freeze' actually means 'more government spending' and 'locking in a Pelosi-level budget.' We saw those job-destroying policies in action over the last two years, and in turn, the American people voted for a drastically different direction this past November."
Excerpt:"We need to make decisions moving forward that try and create an environment where worldwide American companies - or little American companies - are in the best possible footing to be competitive and dynamic. And that is no cost job creation. And that is something we can all agree upon."
Article: Naperville Sun, by Susan Frick Carlman
Excerpt: ...Roskam told his colleagues on the House floor Wednesday that employers' apprehensions about expanding their head counts in the face of uncertainties about their future health care expenses underscore the need "to change this economy so that people want to hire again." The local lawmakers were also on board when the House voted Thursday to move ahead on a revised health reform plan. Included in that proposal are a dozen general goals, most of which are part of the existing law, with direction for four committees to draw up new legislative proposals.
Representative Peter Roskam: "[Americans] understand that what has to happen is that businesses have to be able to thrive, and to hire, and to grow and be dynamic. If we repeal this and replace this with the type of thoughtful healthcare initiative that is going to be forthcoming, I think we will do a world of service to everybody that we're trying to help, and that is to change this economy so that people want to hire again."
Excerpt: "Attacks of this kind, in our democratic society, simply cannot stand. My thoughts and prayers are with all those injured and their families in this senseless attack."
Excerpt: "Decemeber was the 20th consecutive month of unemployment over 9%, and America clearly still has a long way to go towards an economic recovery. While today's positive news is welcome progress, House Republicans intend to use our new Majority to focus on creating an economic environment in which employers large and small feel confident enough to hire new workers. We will deliver on this by running a cut-and-grow House; we're going to cut spending and cultivate a growing economy."