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By Congressman Robert Hurt
At a time when high school and college students from Virginia’s 5th District and across the country are graduating and looking for career opportunities, one would think news headlines would focus on Friday's unemployment report and the continued weakness of our economy. Instead, our news is saturated with evidence of an overreaching federal government.
The recent scandals within the Obama Administration have captured the attention of the media and people around the world. Whether it is the Administration’s failure to properly address the situation in Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of political groups, or the Justice Department’s seizure of reporters’ phone records, there is no question that these actions demonstrate an abuse of power. These events undermine our democracy and infringe upon our fundamental Constitutional rights. The House of Representatives is conducting thorough investigations so that those who are responsible will be held accountable.
Despite the distractions by this Administration, the House has not turned its focus from the issues of paramount importance: creating jobs and growing our economy.
This past week, the Department of Labor issued the latest unemployment report indicating that 7.6 percent of Americans who are out of work still cannot find jobs – an uptick from April. While it is good news that the economy added jobs last month, the jobs added do not nearly represent the robust economic recovery that we need - especially at a time when newly-minted graduates are looking for job opportunities.
That is why we in the House remain committed to supporting policies that will encourage economic growth.
Recently, the House voted to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, a project that will create 20,000 American jobs while making energy more affordable. Additionally, the House voted to repeal the President’s job-crushing health care law, which is already having a significant negative impact on 5th District Virginians - turning full-time work into part-time work, causing premiums to skyrocket, and preventing businesses from hiring and expanding.
Regardless of the headlines, the House will continue to fight for solutions that will help get our economy back on track, and it is my hope that the President and the Senate join us – we owe it to our recent graduates and Americans everywhere who are struggling in this stagnant economy.
If you need any additional information, please visit my website at hurt.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.