WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., today opposed a procedural motion advancing debate on President Obama’s jobs bill, because it will further delay passage of pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia that have been held up for 995 days.
“I welcome an opportunity to focus on job creation in the U.S. Senate, but even my friends on the other side of the aisle have acknowledged that the president’s jobs bill is not a serious effort to put policy in place. In fact, though we don’t support the policies in either bill, we encouraged Senator McConnell to have a vote tonight on both the president’s and the majority’s jobs legislation. Unfortunately, Senator Reid objected and forced this procedural vote instead,” said Corker.
“Now, before the arrival of the president of South Korea later this week, I am glad we are moving to consider the free trade agreements that would actually create jobs and have great bipartisan support. Passage of these agreements will definitely spur economic growth by removing barriers for American products overseas and helping create jobs in America.
“People who invest and create jobs are looking for Washington to have the courage to address the country’s long-term structural issues, and the deficit reduction commission is our best opportunity to make that happen. I continue to push for the commission to exceed its mandate and achieve at least $4 trillion in overall savings and to focus on embracing tax reform that eliminates loopholes, permanently lowers individual and corporate rates and broadens the base and on addressing reform of Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid in a meaningful way that ensures solvency. In addition, Congress should focus on peeling back unnecessary federal regulations that are hurting job creation, passing a longer-term highway bill and growing all forms of domestic energy production.”