Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the Senate floor Wednesday regarding the partisan stimulus/tax hike bill and the need for Congress to act on bipartisan jobs legislation:
Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) speaks on the Senate floor to discuss the Obama Administration’s failure to heed warnings from budget experts and Congressional Republicans about the unsustainable CLASS program in Obamacare, before the bill was passed into law. Thune says the entitlement should be repealed immediately.
Today on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid defended his new spending bill with tax hikes on small businesses. He went on to say that the private sector is doing "just fine," and called for more federal spending on government employees.
Burdening business owners with additional taxes has never been a good way to spur job creation, and the Democrats' new tax hike proposal won't work this time either. Future economic growth depends on getting government off the backs of small businesses, freeing them to grow and create jobs. It's time for Democrats to get serious about job creation and work with Republicans to make it easier and cheaper to create private-sector jobs.
Despite bipartisan opposition to his most recent stimulus proposal, President Obama continues to insist that Congress should pass his bill, even though it's just more of the same failed policies from the president's first stimulus. Senate Republicans believe Congress should follow the bipartisan path it recently pursued when it passed the Colombia, South Korea, and Panama free trade agreements and focus on passing other measures that will free businesses to grow and create jobs.
Senate Republicans applaud the fact that Congress will at long last pass the trade agreements the president has been delaying for years. Republicans emphasized that the agreements are the kind of job-creating measures Congress should be focusing on. Increasing trade opportunities, cutting our deficit, and reducing the burden of government regulations will help our economy grow by spurring private-sector job creation.