U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, delivered the following remarks today on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in anticipation of the White House “jobs summit” scheduled for later today:
Today, in the midst of a harsh recession, the president will convene a jobs summit at the White House. Coming nearly one year after the passage of a so-called stimulus bill, that Speaker Pelosi said was about ‘jobs, jobs, jobs,’ unemployment remains at record levels in this country. Today’s White House jobs summit is a tacit admission that the economic policies of this administration and this Congress have failed.
Mr. Speaker, we can bring America back by applying fiscal discipline here in Washington, D.C., and giving the American people fast-acting tax relief for working families, small businesses and family farms. Jack Kemp said years ago, ‘there’s a wisdom and intelligence in ordinary men and women far superior to the experts.’ Well, let’s heed that wisdom and intelligence of ordinary Americans. Let’s reject the politics of borrowing and spending and bailouts. Let’s embrace what has always worked, and let’s bring America back with fiscal discipline and tax relief today.