I rise today to express my deep concern about the closure of post offices across this country. For decades the post office has sustained and created American jobs in every corner of the country. Closing these vital institutions will not only hurt our economy but will devastate American families who rely on these skilled jobs.
It has been 43 weeks since Republicans took control of the House and we have had 817 recorded votes- yet they have failed to pass a single bill to create jobs. In turn, they have actually voted against, blocked or ignored an array of job-creating proposals, including the American Jobs Act, as well as segments of the American Jobs Act.
Palestinian Authority President Abbas has announced that this Friday he will formally seek statehood recognition at the United Nations. While there are obstacles to achieving a lasting and peaceful two-state solution, the PA's attempt to seek recognition at the UN demonstrates that they are not truly interested in achieving peace.
The President has offered a clear path forward to put the country back to work, help small business succeed and hire, provide tax relief for our workers, and rebuild America.
We have less than one week to prevent our nation from defaulting on its loans. Rather than focusing on a compromise, the majority has come up with yet another irresponsible plan to raise the debt ceiling and slash funding for programs that matter most to seniors and the middle class.