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Delegation Responds To Obama’s Speech

Following Barack Obama’s address to Congress last night, several Republicans members of the Congressional delegation in Mississippi responded with their thoughts. Give Rep. Steven Palazzo credit for offering a video response.

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Sen. Thad Cochran: “Mississippi continues to suffer from a stubbornly high unemployment rate, so I was interested to hear what new ideas the President might present. I appreciate the President’s renewed sense of urgency on the economy, and I look forward to reviewing the details of those proposals. At the same time, I hope the President will use his influence to help push legislation pending in Congress right now that could help promote American manufacturing and trade by creating a better environment for businesses to grow and create jobs.”

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Sen. Roger Wicker: “The President’s proposals are not likely to make much difference in job creation. He has made matters worse with excessive spending, a massive regulatory burden on job creators, and an unwillingness to use our own natural resources such as oil, natural gas, and coal. We need fewer federal regulations and more American energy.”

Wicker wrote more on the issue in his weekly column here.

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Rep. Gregg Harper: “Our nation continues to suffer from a serious jobless problem, which is why I support a pro-business legislative agenda that removes barriers our job creators face from excessive federal regulations. While I agree with the president that we must get folks back to work, I do not believe that another failed stimulus is the answer. House Republicans have advanced a number of job-creating proposals – many of which have passed with bipartisan support – that remain stalled in the Democratic-controlled Senate. I urge the president to support these initiatives which promote private sector growth, decrease job-crushing regulations and boost American-made energy production.”

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Rep. Alan Nunnelee: “With unemployment above 10 percent in Mississippi and above 9 percent nationally, families across north Mississippi do not need another speech from the President. They need Washington to get out of the way and let the free economy grow so that our employers can create jobs, and hard working men and women across our state can find a good job. We cannot continue with more failed policies that use our grandchildren’s money to solve the problems of today. If we could simply spend our way out of our current economic slowdown, then we would have been out of this mess years ago. The only course is to pass policies that help the economy grow. Congress must create certainty in the market by adhering to strict spending caps and passing a balanced budget amendment that will lower our national debt. Congress must also pass an energy policy that allows America to harness its own natural resources and finally become energy independent. Lastly, Congress must stand up to President Obama’s job-destroying regulations, including his signature health care plan, which has frozen the job market as employers wait to see how much a new employee will cost them.

I appreciate the President addressing Congress tonight, but his words will not create one job in Mississippi, and recycling the same ideas are clearly not working as proven in the latest jobs report. For the first time since 1945, the economy did not create one new job in the month of August. It is time the President listened to what many in Mississippi have been saying for too long – stop the spending, stop the regulations and unleash America’s economy.”

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