One year after President Barack Obama’s “summer of recovery,” Republicans are talking jobs and calling the administration’s stimulus program a failure.
“Here a year later, recovery has not come,” Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) said in a video statement.
“We still have unemployment of about 9.1 percent. We have underemployment of about 19 percent," he said. "Over $800 billion in stimulus out the door and another $350 billion in interest on that stimulus because of course we didn’t have that $800 billion to spend, we had to borrow that.”
Woodall said borrowing, taxing and spending is not the way to create jobs in the United States.
“We’re not going to do it by doing more in Washington, we’re going to do it by doing less in Washington,” he said.
According to Woodall, Congress will soon hold a series of Ways and Means Committee hearings on tax reform. Woodall said he will advocate for the FairTax, but said Congress will talk about all other proposals as well.
“We absolutely must have tax reform,” Woodall said. “We have the highest corporate tax rates in the world.”
Woodall said reforming the tax code, decreasing the regulatory burden and addressing the nation’s energy policy are key components to economic recovery.
“Government does not create jobs, it does create uncertainty,” he said.
Woodall encouraged constituents to contact him if they see the government creating uncertainty or “destroying jobs.”
“Let me know about those things and one by one, we’ll fix those government challenges, we’ll end that government interference and we will get this country back on track,” he said. “We will succeed if the government just gets out of the way.”
Woodall’s 7th Congressional District includes all of Barrow and Walton counties, most of Gwinnett County, and portions of Forsyth and Newton counties.