September 02,2011

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Hatch on August Jobs Report; President Scrapping Burdensome EPA Regulations

Utah Senator Says, President Has Opportunity to “Chart a New Course” in Speech to Nation Next Week

SALT LAKE CITY – U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance, issued the following statement today after the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued its August jobs report that found that the nation’s unemployment rate remains at 9.1 percent with job creation stalled and no new payroll jobs created throughout the economy, and after the President scrapped a costly EPA air quality regulation:

“This is disappointing news to the millions of out-of-work Americans and Utahns, who were promised so much from this President about getting our economy moving again.  Instead of focusing on common-sense, pro-growth policies to get our country back to work, the White House spent two and a half years in office spending record amounts of money that we don’t have, dramatically increasing the regulatory burden on our job creators, and pushing through a $2.6 trillion health law with $1 trillion in tax hikes. 

“While only a drop in the bucket, I’m glad the President scrapped these costly EPA air quality regulations today that would hurt our economy and job creation.  But much, much more needs to be done in light of the billions of dollars’ worth of federal regulations pursued by this White House.  Next week, the President has an opportunity to chart a new course that isn’t built on the same failed policies of more taxes, more spending and more regulation.  I hope he uses it wisely.”