In her new op-ed in the Washington Examiner, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) highlights what our policies have meant for workers, families, small business owners, and our troops. Check it out HERE and here ↓
America is better off now
By Cathy McMorris Rodgers
For the last decade, Americans were asking, “Where are the jobs?” Today, companies are coming home, 3.7 million new jobs have been created since President Trump’s election, and there are historically low levels of unemployment. It’s a comeback story that we said was possible in our Better Way agenda, and over the past two years, we delivered. As a result, Americans are better off now.
A booming economy isn’t the only reason why. People have hope again that their futures are brighter and more secure because Republicans are listening to them. We are keeping the promises we made in our Better Way agenda to make our communities safer and to rebuild our military.
After years of sluggish growth, we said we would make America competitive again and ensure it’s the best place in the world to live, work, start a business, and raise a family. That’s why when President Trump was elected, we immediately got to work to unleash economic growth with more than a dozen bills that repealed Obama-era red tape and eliminated billions of dollars in regulatory costs. These bills are now law, and they are putting power back in the hands of our farmers, community bankers, small business owners, and everyone in between.
We didn’t stop there. Republicans also achieved what many had only talked about for decades. We overhauled the broken tax code with pro-family reforms and cuts, which led to bigger paychecks, lower utility bills, better benefits, and more jobs. What defenders of the status quo (ahem, Nancy Pelosi) predicted would be “Armageddon,” “crumbs,” and “pathetic” in reality is proving to deliver tangible results that are supporting a flourishing economy and growing middle-class families’ bank accounts.
Since the tax cuts were signed into law, more than 1 million jobs have been created. Because we increased the standard deduction and doubled the child tax credit, middle-income families are saving more of what they earn. Nine in 10 American workers received bigger paychecks, and 102 utility companies have lowered rates in 48 states.
This is what a booming economic comeback looks like. Remember, the overall unemployment rate was 9.9 percent in 2010. Last month, it was only 4 percent. This economic resurgence is helping people across the country. In fact, there’s never been a better time for people with a disability to find a job that gives them a purpose. Over the past year, the jobless rate for workers with disabilities has fallen at a faster rate than the general population. Hispanic and black unemployment rates are also hitting their lowest rates on record. And, the June jobs report shows that women are leading the growth in the labor force.
In a stronger economy with rising wages and record-breaking optimism, we’ve also worked to make sure our communities are stronger and safer.
We’ve made a historic investment in the fight against opioid addiction to help our communities prevent and recover from this crisis. Additionally, important legislation is now law to help end the scourge of human trafficking, target dangerous criminals, protect communities from gangs like MS-13, and improve school safety.
We’ve also taken important steps to secure our nation from threats abroad. After the Obama administration left our Armed Forces depleted, we made good on our promise to revive and rebuild our military. In addition to giving our troops their biggest pay raise in almost a decade, we provided for the largest increase in defense funding in 15 years. Now our troops will have more resources for training and to complete their missions around the world so they can return home safely.
While some news networks may be distracted with stories about personnel at the White House, Republicans remain focused on getting things done so that more people are empowered to reach their full potential and pursue their dreams.
Americans don’t want rhetoric, they want results. They expect their elected leaders to listen to them and solve problems. After years of slow growth and lack of confidence, Americans asked for a better way. Our work proves that we found it. By putting people first and focusing on improving lives, we’ve delivered real results and a better way forward. That’s exactly why Americans are better off now.