From the office of Sen. Barbara Mikulski:
U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) issued the following statement today in advance of President Obama’s address to a Joint Session of Congress on the need to continue creating jobs for the middle class:
“President Obama’s approach is a good first step. I strongly support a plan for an infrastructure bank, which will create construction jobs and fix our roads, bridges, and water and sewer projects. I’m for a payroll tax holiday that will put money back into the pockets of families and help small businesses who hire people in local communities.
“But it can’t be the only step. Congress must act with the urgency of now to create jobs and put people back to work. People are hurting now.
“There are must-do bills pending before Congress that are jobs bills. The highway transportation bill is a jobs bill. Maryland has $10 billion worth of projects in its transportation plan that would create 130,000 jobs in the state. The FAA bill is a jobs bill that keeps air safety employees and construction workers at airports on the job. Appropriations bills are jobs bill. When we fund the FDA and NIH, we support the biotech industry in Maryland.
“Congress needs to do its job and pass these bills to create and save jobs. Marylanders want a bipartisan agenda that is specific, immediate, realizable, and helps people keep the jobs they have while creating opportunities for new ones.
“Taken together with the bills currently before Congress, the President’s plan will create jobs today and jobs tomorrow.”
Senator Mikulski has been leading a statewide jobs tour, which has taken her from the Eastern Shore to Western Maryland and the Baltimore-Washington Corridor where she has heard firsthand the desire for a new tone in Washington in order to create jobs and put people back to work.
This month, Congress will have the opportunity to create or save nearly one million jobs by passing the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization and the Surface Transportation Bill.