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Words from Washington

We're working to get Central Washington back to work

These days it is unusual for anyone to not have a friend, neighbor or family member out of work. For too long, the American people have been asking 'where are the jobs'.

While there are empty promises of failed stimulus and tax-payer funded Wall Street bailouts, the economic recovery is sluggish at best and Washington state families are still looking for employment.

Continually rising unemployment, soaring energy costs, higher food prices and slow economic growth are all products of President Obama and Washington D.C. Democrats' failed policies. Unfortunately, because the economy is not growing and the President's unwillingness to change course, Washington state families are suffering the consequences.

As evidence, Department of Labor recently announced that unemployment climbed to 9.1 percent nationwide. This economy continues to suffer and is growing too slowly to replace jobs lost and the constant uncertainty discourages small businesses from creating new jobs.

Since taking control of the House of Representatives, the new Republican majority has taken action to create a better environment for job growth immediately and ensure economic growth in the future. I will always support a free-market economy because I know it is businesses large and small that grow the economy-not the government, failed stimulus or bailouts.

The American people deserve real solutions that will encourage private sector job growth. In contrast, the President has not realized that we cannot spend, tax, borrow and bail out our way to economic prosperity.

It is critical that the U.S. economy grow into prosperity-and that will only occur when we create a climate that empowers small businesses to grow. That is why I support the House Republican Plan for America's Job Creators-a plan that will reduce regulatory burdens, fix the broken tax code to help job creators, maximize domestic energy production, increase competitiveness for American products and pay down our unsustainable debt burden.

Every week since taking control of the House of Representatives, the new Republican majority has brought measures to the House floor to deal with one of the greatest impediments we have to job creation today, and that is the uncertainty provided by this Administration and by the previous Congress-whether it be the perpetual bail out of Wall Street, ObamaCare or massive government expansion. We know that it is time to balance the regulatory burden against the unemployment burden. It is time to ensure that our tax code is competitive with our competitors. It is time that our job creators quit paying almost $4 a gallon for their gasoline. And with these actions, Central Washington can get back to work.

To learn more about the new Republican jobs plan, visit http://www.gop.gov

- U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings (R-Pasco) represents Central

Washington's Fourth Congressional District.

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