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Special Column: U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson gives update

Posted: June 25, 2013 - 4:13pm
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Every American either has been directly affected or knows someone who has had trouble securing a job as a result of our struggling economy.

The good news is that U.S. House Republicans remain focused on helping American families by continuing to pass legislation that will promote small business job creation. Last month alone, the House passed two bipartisan pieces of legislation that will immediately give our economy the jump-start it needs to create jobs.

In the middle of May, the House passed bipartisan legislation that completely repeals the president’s government health care takeover bill. This vote marked the 37th time the House has either repealed or defunded Obamacare. When the 2,000-page bill was shoved through a liberal-controlled Congress in the spring of 2010, House Republicans echoed the negative sentiment held by a majority of Americans. We knew that the president’s bill would increase health care costs, reduce access to services, and force small businesses to lay off hundreds of thousands of workers.

To make matters worse, the individuals responsible for making Obamacare common law, such as Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), have stated that its implementation will be a huge “train wreck.” That being said, both political parties have acknowledged the disastrous impact the government health care takeover will have on jobs.

It is very clear that the only way we can protect current jobs and encourage new hiring within the private sector is to repeal the law in its entirety. Let’s just hope Senate leadership gets on board with our efforts before it is too late.

Another project that will create immediate jobs and help our economy is the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline project. Last month, the House passed legislation to do just that. For nearly five years, the administration has refused to act and approve Keystone’s application. Not only will this project reduce our dependency on foreign oil, but it will also create 20,000 shovel-ready jobs, 100,000 additional jobs, and invest $20 billion into our economy.

The energy independence achieved and number of jobs created as a result of Keystone’s completion will directly impact communities across our great nation. In South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District, Michelin Tire Corp.in Lexington produces tires valued at $60,000 each used in Alberta, Canada, and MTU Diesel in Aiken County manufactures engines for oil sand recovery that may be used in production of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The president has repeatedly claimed to support an “all-of-the-above” energy proposal. He also promised to support initiatives that will create jobs. However, his administration has held the Keystone XL Pipeline hostage, which shows that these positions are hot air and empty promises.

Once again, most Republican and some Democrats agree that the project must be advanced in order to grow our economy. Now it’s up to the Senate to take action and help create the jobs our economy so desperately needs.

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