In this week’s Republican address, Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) honors Labor Day with a tribute to America’s workers and an update on our efforts to address the challenges they’re facing. “Our solutions will address the sluggish job market and grow our economy over the long run,” he says, noting that “more than 40 good jobs bills awaiting action in the Democratic-run United States Senate.”
Hello, I’m Dr. Larry Bucshon, proudly serving Indiana’s Eighth Congressional District.
I’m honored to be speaking with you from the Heartland of America on this weekend when we tip our hat to the working man and woman.
America’s workers make our country go, so our goal should be to make our economy work for them.
But traveling around Indiana this week, going from job fairs to listening sessions to small businesses, it was easy to see how our workers are still hurting.
We’re seeing some jobs come back, but too many of our fellow Americans are stuck in part-time work or have stopped looking altogether. And between wages staying flat – and costs on everything from food to health care going up – families are being squeezed at every turn.
Here in Indiana, and in many states throughout the union, we rely on coal to power our homes and provide good-paying middle class jobs – like the one my family relied on when I was a kid.
My dad spent 35 years as a UMWA coal miner in my hometown of Kincaid, Illinois. He was proud of the work he did everyday and rightly so. The coal mine helped put food on our table and helped me pursue an education and realize the American Dream.
Unfortunately, the current administration is waging a war on this reliable, affordable source of energy and the countless jobs it supports. This is one example of many where the policies coming from Washington, D.C. just don’t make sense.
As a physician, I took an oath to “do no harm.” While this Administration’s policies continue to harm our nation’s economy and families struggling to make ends meet, Republicans are offering solutions America’s workers can count on. Our solutions will address the sluggish job market and grow our economy over the long run.
First, we need to get people back into steady, good-paying jobs. One thing we’ve already done is fix our job training system to make it easier for workers to find the skills they need to get ahead – this was a bipartisan, common-sense compromise with our colleagues in the Senate. We’ve also offered proposals to jumpstart small business investment and rein in the red tape factory that makes it harder for employers to hire and expand.
All told, we have more than 40 good jobs bills awaiting action in the Democratic-run United States Senate.
Lowering costs is another area that demands action. Several of the bipartisan jobs bills we’re asking Senate Democrats to act on would help make energy less expensive for families and small businesses, like the manufacturers that help support the Hoosier economy. And we need to implement real health care reform that lets patients choose the plans they want at a price they can afford.
And third, we need to restore real opportunities for all Americans. That’s why we’ve sent the Senate solutions to make education more affordable and accessible for middle-class families. And we’re ready to fix our tax code to make it simpler and fairer for everyone.
These three things – getting people back to work, lowering costs at home, and restoring opportunity – will continue to be our focus in the weeks ahead.
We call them ‘American Solutions’ because they put the American people first. Which is exactly what we’re asking of President Obama and Senate Democrats as we celebrate our nation’s workforce: put aside politics, and do what Americans do every day, and that’s get to work.
Thanks for listening. God bless you and God bless the United States of America.