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GOP Address: Rep. Jenkins Says ‘We Owe Returning Services Members A Strong Economy’

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas delivers the Republican address this Memorial Day weekend honoring the fallen men and women of the U.S. Armed forces and praying "for our sons and daughters who are risking their lives so that we may live in freedom and security."

Jenkins underscores the importance of energizing the economy so that active duty men and women can return home with to opportunities to support themselves and their families.

"Of course, we owe it to our service members to do everything we can to ensure they come home to a strong, growing economy that creates jobs and opportunities," she says.

But with the rising costs of living and millions of Americans still out of work, Jenkins says "Americans are clamoring for optimistic leadership and a positive agenda to help get people back to work …" She adds that the Republicans' Plan for America's Jobs Creators is what will get Americans working by focusing long-term growth instead of a "short-term stimulus" and on small businesses and not "big government."

Rep. Jenkins continues, offering up GOP-hatched solutions for job creation and economic growth, namely domestic energy projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline.  

"An overwhelming majority of the American people and a bipartisan coalition in Congress supports Keystone, but right now it is stuck in a House-Senate conference committee due to opposition from the president and his allies in the Senate Democratic leadership," the congresswoman said, adding, "Republicans are holding strong for Keystone by insisting it should be included in any transportation legislation Congress send to President Obama."

Jenkins gave answer to the President Obama's recent proposed "To-Do List" and touted the benefits of removing costly red tape for small business owners, repealing the health care law and curbing federal spending.

"Through the Republican jobs plan, the House has voted to take these common-sense steps to sustained job growth and prosperity. Right now, there are 30 House-passed jobs bills awaiting action in the Democratic-controlled Senate, giving President Obama a serious to-do list to tackle," she said.

"Republicans continue to stand ready and willing to work with him on these priorities."

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