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“It represents an admission that five years of tax, spend, borrow, and regulate have produced economic misery for countless Americans.”

 WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today in response to President Obama’s address on chronic unemployment:

"The President today announced five ‘promise zones’ scattered throughout the entirety of the nation for the millions of chronically unemployed Americans. It represents an admission that five years of tax, spend, borrow, and regulate have produced economic misery for countless Americans. His policies are growing the government and shrinking the middle class. Since the President declared the end of the recession, conditions for working Americans have not improved. Surely the President does not believe the five ‘promise zones’ are a sufficient remedy when 91.5 million Americans are outside the workforce. As his own economic advisor said, there are three people looking for every one job available.

Yet what is the President’s top second-term priority? Is it a plan to help Americans on unemployment and welfare find good-paying jobs? No, the top priority remains an immigration bill crafted by CEOs that will double the flow of new workers from abroad to compete in every industry and sector throughout the U.S. economy. If the President succeeds in pushing through the House his plan to take jobs needed by Americans, he will have to create many more ‘promise zones’ for the millions of displaced workers."