Sam Graves

President Obama’s failed $862 billion stimulus bill is the perfect example of doing just the opposite. Democrats promised that the stimulus would keep the unemployment rate below eight percent and be the answer to all our economic woes. But based on the current job and economic climate— we all know that didn’t work. Spending taxpayer dollars on more big government programs does not create private sector jobs or foster real economic growth.

The long-term solution to our unemployment problem lies in the growth of the private sector; in particular, the growth and expansion of small businesses—America’s job creators. Small firms create seven of every ten new jobs in the United States and employ half of the country’s private sector workforce. As Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I know we have a responsibility to create an environment that allows this important sector of the American economy to prosper.

Recently, several small business owners from around the country testified before the Small Business Committee about the impact the faltering economy has had on their businesses. They expressed frustration at the levels of government spending and pointed to economic uncertainty as a major inhibitor of growth and willingness to take risks. In fact, one witness testified that she wanted to hire more employees but didn’t feel confident enough to do so. Unfortunately, this sentiment is common throughout the small business community.

House Republicans are committed to changing this economic atmosphere to restore confidence – hopefully, our President and the Senate will join us. As Congress continues to look for ways to reduce government spending, we will do so with job creation as our number one priority. Every reduction that we make will spur important growth in the private sector and further stabilize our economy. House Republicans remain committed to restoring the country’s faith in the economy and we stand ready to make responsible, needed spending cuts to reestablish fiscal stability in our nation and get Americans back to work.

Sam Graves

Congressman Sam Graves is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 6th congressional district, serving since 2001, and serves as the Chairman of the House Small Business Committee.