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Rep. Cory Gardner: Dems' Inaction Keeping Americans Out of Work

By    |   Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 09:44 AM

Americans are missing out on jobs because President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats are blocking the numerous jobs and energy bills passed already by the House, Colorado Republican Rep. Cory Gardner said in Saturday's weekly GOP address.

"We face enormous challenges today, challenges that if left unresolved will undermine our ability to hand our children and grandchildren the nation that we know we are and the better life that we want them all to have," Gardner said.

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But Americans are working harder "only to see opportunity slip further from their reach" because of higher prices on gas, food, college tuition and more because of the "failed policies of the president and the Senate majority," Gardner contended. "President Obama continues to rely on policies of overreaching economic regulation based on European models of status quo instead of American ideals of growth and exceptionalism."

Gardner said that he wanted to make it clear that he doesn't think Obama and Democrats are intentionally trying to hurt the economy, but their policies have been damaging.

"Those wrong policies are taking a terrible toll and hurting a lot of people who voted against the President and a lot of people who voted for him, especially those who are struggling to make ends meet," said Gardner.

And while the policies are hurting the country, Gardner said, Obama and Democrats, who "have forgotten that they were elected to represent all Americans" have "lined up with special interest actions that have blocked jobs, hurt the poor, sold out the most vulnerable amongst us, and have left too many behind."

Instead, the administration and Senate Democrats "would have us believe that high unemployment and declining salaries are the new normal," said Gardner. "That we should just get used to the disappointment of low expectations."

He pointed out that on Friday, the delay on the Keystone Pipeline turned six years old, meaning that because Obama has not taken action, "we are no closer to building the pipeline today than we were six years ago...thousands of Americans are missing out on the good paying jobs the pipeline would create."

Republicans are calling for Obama and the Senate to "pass our jobs bills and get America working again," said Gardner.

But instead, Gardner said, the president and his allies "have chosen divisive politics rather than facts and common sense."

He said in his home state, energy resources development has fueled an energy revolution, including new wind farms and hydropower.

“If the President would stop blocking responsible energy development on public lands, this nation could benefit even more," said Gardner. "Putting an end to the regulatory overreach would help areas of Colorado and our country that continue to struggle."

He said his state supports the Keystone Pipeline not only because of its potential for creating jobs, but because it would be a "major step forward in making us North American energy secure" at a time when the Middle East is becoming more unstable.

Gardner said the House has passed his legislation to expedite approval of liquified natural gas exports, which could bring jobs to 45,000 unemployed people.

"The president and congressional Democrats don’t understand that this isn’t about oil companies or billionaire donors — this is about the American people who are hurt by their decision to block jobs at the behest of their special interests," said Gardner. “This is about putting Americans back to work and making our nation more secure."

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Americans are missing out on jobs because President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats are blocking the numerous jobs and energy bills passed already by the House, Colorado Republican Rep. Cory Gardner said in Saturday's weekly GOP address.
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