Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger asks "where are the jobs?"

Mar 7, 2014
Press Release

CONTACT:  Jamie Bowers, 704-365-6234



CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), a Member of the House Financial Services Committee, had these comments after reviewing the February jobs report:

“More than 4 years into President Obama’s recovery, our economy is barely creating enough jobs to keep up with population growth,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Where are the jobs?

“Today’s report of only 175,000 new jobs should have been much better.  The robust recovery seen under President Reagan created 300,000 to 500,000 new jobs each month.

“In 2013, House Republicans passed 28 separate bills designed to create jobs, including the SKILLS Act, which streamlines and improves federal job training programs, making it easier for out-of-work Americans to receive the help they need.  President Obama strongly opposes this common-sense jobs training bill.

“Senate Democrats refuse to consider the Veterans Economic Opportunity Act, which ensures our brave veterans have the tools and resources they need to find jobs after leaving the military.

“House Republicans have also passed legislation to approve the Keystone pipeline, streamline the permitting process for oil and natural gas exploration, and develop the infrastructure necessary for energy independence.  Not only would these bills create tens of thousands of new jobs, but they would increase our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

“The 28 job-creating bills approved by Congress are languishing on Senator Reid’s desk.  If President Obama is serious about creating jobs, he should use his phone to ask Senator Reid for a vote and his pen to sign them into law.”

Congressman Pittenger also serves as Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare.