Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance, Budget and Small Business committees, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress and call to action on job creation:
“We need more jobs in America. This isn’t a Republican or a Democratic problem; too many Marylanders want to get back to work. It has been heartening to hear the recent, widespread discussion about jobs, but – as the President challenged us tonight – Congress needs to act, not just talk. To those who might intend to remain obstacles to progress, I would remind them that partisan gridlock does not create jobs. We have to work together to help spur job growth across our economy, helping to get a decent, well-earned paycheck into the hands of millions of Americans who have been idled by the recession. I agree with President Obama that this goal should be our common priority.
“We will not balance the federal budget if our economy does not create more jobs. Most basically, more hard-working individuals paying taxes would mean less financial burden on all Americans. Whatever we do must be balanced. We will not create more jobs solely by cutting the deficit. We have to be targeted and invest in programs that spur job growth. With a balanced and fair plan, Congress can promote job growth and solve our fiscal problems without sacrificing our American values. We can get started now by long-overdue reauthorizations of current job-creating and job-saving programs like funding for the FAA, Surface Transportation and water infrastructure.
“I agree with the President that our economic crisis and the deep recession weren’t created overnight and won’t be solved overnight. We have to start somewhere. We must act quickly to get our nation back on the road to economic strength.”