Portman: Jobs Plan Outlines What GOP Would Do if Given Majority

Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 05:21 PM

By Greg Richter

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Senate Republicans released a plan Tuesday that they believe will bring increased employment.

The seven-point plan, titled "Jobs for America," includes regulatory relief, pro-growth tax reform, energy independence, exporting and worker retraining.

In a press conference, Sen. Rob Portman called the measure a "responsible effort to look at what we would do if we had the majority."

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"We've got a real problem – not just in creating jobs, but in creating good jobs," the Ohio Republican said in an appearance on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto."

February statistics showed fewer Americans getting new jobs than joined the ranks of long-term unemployed, Portman noted. The labor force participation rate for men record hit a record low – back to the 1940s when statistics first were kept. The rate for all Americans is at the same levels as in the 1970s.

And working families are seeing their paychecks go down as their healthcare costs go up, Portman added. The "middle-class squeeze" has cut the average household income $4,000 over the past four years.

If the jobs crisis isn't addressed first, other important issues can't be addressed, Portman told Cavuto.

"A job is the best antidote to poverty, the best way to get our country back on track," he said.

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