Alexander Praises March Job Numbers

Posted on April 7, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) made this statement today following the Department of Labor’s announcement that the U.S. economy has experienced 31 consecutive months of job growth, creating 211,000 new jobs in March: “During the month of March, 211,000 new jobs were created in this country. That’s good news for the country and good news for Tennessee. President Bush’s pro-growth tax policies are helping to create jobs and economic growth for Americans. “Since August 2003, the economy has created 5 million new jobs, and homeownership has reached all-time highs. More than two-thirds of Americans own their homes today – more than any time in history. “There’s more work to be done. One of the most important things we can do as a Congress to keep America’s economy strong is to exercise fiscal discipline and control the growth of spending. The Senate-passed 2007 budget resolution, which cuts the deficit in half by 2008, is a step in that direction. “We also need to look ahead at ways to continue creating good jobs to protect our high standard of living, and the way we do that is by maintaining America’s brainpower advantage. Most of our good fortune in this country comes from our educated workforce and technological innovation. The PACE Act, which I co-authored and introduced in January, now has 70 cosponsors, 35 Republicans and 35 Democrats, and includes specific provisions for advancing America’s edge in science and technology – keeping good jobs here instead of shipping them overseas.”