“No matter the person or the profession, the background or the age, the concerns were all the same: people don’t have the opportunities to get ahead.”
Republican Leadership Press Conference
July 9, 2014
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Majority Whip-elect Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Conference Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
Conference Secretary Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
Education and Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN)
Chair McMorris Rodgers, Remarks as Prepared for Delivery:
“It was great to spend the Fourth of July week back in Eastern Washington, to connect with so many people at home, and to be reminded of why we are all so proud to be Americans. I met with moms and dads, and recent college graduates, and veterans, and so many brave men and women from Fairchild Air Force Base who defend this country. But no matter the person or the profession, the background or the age, the concerns were all the same: people don’t have the opportunities to get ahead.
“Too many people are stuck right now. They’re stuck without jobs. They’re stuck settling for low-paying jobs. They’re stuck with student loans they can’t pay off. And they’re stuck not being able to support their families or pay their bills at the end of the month. And when you look at last month’s jobs report, you can see exactly why. This past month was the worst June ever for full-time employment growth. That means too many people are settling for part-time jobs because they can’t find full-times ones.
“For years, getting Americans back to work has been our number one focus as House Republicans. We’ve passed countless bills to create jobs and help people bring home paychecks, yet the Senate refuses to touch them. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Today, the House will send the SKILLS Act to the President’s desk – a bipartisan bill that helps workers have the skills and training to find good-paying jobs. This is just one example of how we can work together to help more Americans get back to work. We’ve put forward the solutions. Now we need the Senate to act on more of them. The American people cannot wait any longer.”