Senator: Administration Foils Job Growth [AUDIO]
Wyoming's senior senator criticized the Obama administration's effect on job creation in a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee last week. U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, ranking member of the HELP Committee, said the administration is costing Americans good jobs, according to a release from his office.
Sen. Enzi offered some examples.
Misdirected spending, few jobs:
"The stimulus bill in February 2009, a bill I did not support, this bill cost more than a trillion dollars when you add in interest and was primarily a spending bill, funding pet projects but creating few jobs."
Prices hold down economic growth:
"The administration has adopted an energy policy that will result in increased prices for Americans by limiting the use of the nation's cheapest, most abundant energy source ... coal."
Regulation stops job growth:
"The president's decision to allow the EPA to regulate greenhouse gasses under the Clean Air Act will kill jobs throughout the country."
Sen. Enzi suggests over-regulation combined with possible tax increases is how the administration continues to harm job growth.
Regulations, taxes stymie jobs:
"Additional job crushing regulations are in the works and the continued threat of tax increases, will continue to paralyze our job creators. Instead of taking actions to create a positive job-growth environment, this administration has taken some steps that actually discourage and prevent job growth."
Foremost in the examples, Sen. Enzi pointed to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board against Boeing for moving a manufacturing facility to South Carolina. The labor board's complaint says Boeing moved the plant to avoid the obligations to a labor union in Washington state by moving the facility to a non-union state.
Company added workers in both states:
"Job creators are trying to do they're part, but as the National Labor Relations Board complaint against Boeing shows, this administration has yet to get the message."
Enzi said he had nothing against labor unions, but that the federal government should appreciate such employers and not be telling them where to operate.