Following President Barack Obama's highly anticipated speech on jobs to a joint session of Congress, West Virginia's leaders in Washington are offering their thoughts on Obama's proposals.
--Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D) is expressing support of some of Obama's ideas:
“Now is the time to invest in the future of our country by creating opportunities and helping out of work Americans find jobs. Many of the President’s ideas have the potential to create jobs and spark the economy. Tax cuts for financially-strapped families, investments in infrastructure, additional job training opportunities for workers, and help for those who lost their jobs are all balanced proposals that I hope will have broad bipartisan support in the Senate and House. Working together, we can rebuild our economy while also cutting the deficit and making sure that everyone pays their fair share.”
--Sen. Joe Manchin (D) questions how much the proposed legislative package will cost:
“While I applaud the President’s focus on job creation, investing in infrastructure and making our tax system more fair by eliminating corporate giveaways, I have serious questions about the level of spending that President Obama proposed, as well as the actual effectiveness some of these policies will have when it comes to creating jobs and restoring confidence in our economy.
“Looking forward, I will spend the coming days evaluating at this proposal more closely, and will work hard with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to pass a commonsense agenda that creates jobs, restores confidence and rebuilds our great nation – without adding to our exploding debts and deficits. This nation cannot afford to take on one more dollar of debt, and I will not support any plan that adds to our crushing debt."
--And, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) does not seem impressed:
“We’re living far beyond our means and it’s catching up to us—fast. If the American economy was a small business or family, we’d be totally bankrupt. We need more than increased investment which we all know is code for more spending and more debt. We can and will work together to pass smart, fiscally-responsible policies that empower Main Street.”