Alexander: “The President’s Focus Tomorrow Night Ought to Be on Fewer Regulations, Lower Tax Rates and More Trade”

Says, “I Don’t Blame the President for the Economy He Inherited, But He Made It Worse”

Posted on September 7, 2011

“It would have been better for the President to have said on Day One of his presidency that he’d focus on jobs, instead of on the health care bill, which has destroyed jobs and increased the debt.” – Lamar Alexander 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, today released the following statement on the President’s address tomorrow night to a joint session of Congress:

“I’m glad the president is speaking to the Congress tomorrow night. The country is still waiting for presidential leadership on jobs. It would have been better for the President to have said on Day One of his presidency that he’d focus on jobs, instead of on the health care bill, which has destroyed jobs and increased the debt. I don’t blame the president for the economy he inherited, but he should take responsibility for making it worse: unemployment is worse, housing is worse, the debt is worse, and he’s done all that by throwing a big wet blanket over the economy with his regulatory, tax and health care policies.

“The president’s focus tomorrow night ought to be on fewer regulations, lower tax rates and more trade – permanent changes to our tax and regulatory structures that provide certainty and make it easier for American businesses to create jobs.

“A good place to start would be for President Obama to send to the Congress the three trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama that have been sitting on his desk since he took office. Congress is ready to ratify those in a bipartisan way and they would create thousands of jobs in Tennessee by opening more markets to products made and food grown by Tennesseans.

“We are ready to go to work with the President to make it easier and cheaper to create private-sector jobs.”

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