ISSUES IN FOCUS
President Obama and the Democratic Congress have inherited the worst economic crisis in generations and are confronting a Republican deficit created by years of irresponsible spending and misplaced priorities. Under the previous Administration, Americans saw their dreams of prosperity and security undermined by a government that has ignored the middle class at the behest of special interests, adopted reckless fiscal policies, and failed to protect consumers, investors and the economy.
As soon as President Obama was sworn in and the 111th Congress was convened, the Democratic Congress passed the Recovery Act, an extraordinary effort to rescue, rebuild, and strengthen our struggling economy. Already, with almost 40 percent of the dollars yet to be spent, the recovery package has provided for more than one million jobs and the rate of job loss has slowed significantly.
Democrats understand, however, that for many American families, the economic recovery simply is not yet a part of their day-to-day reality. Building on the foundation laid by the investments in the Recovery Act, Democrats are committed to ensuring that more American families begin to feel the impact of the recovery through increased job opportunities, additional tax cuts, and increased confidence in the continuing growth of our economy. Throughout the year, Senate Democrats will offer job creation legislation that will support small businesses, protect public service jobs, encourage enhanced energy efficiency, and rebuild our nation's infrastructure. Senate Democrats are on the side of American workers and American families. We understand that Americans are ready and willing to participate in our economic recovery and contribute to the growth and prosperity of our nation.
DPC Videos on the Economy
Senator Baucus on Extending Unemployment Benefits
Senator Stabenow on Extending Unemployment Benefits
Senator Durbin on Extending Unemployment Benefits
Senator Murray on Extending Unemployment Benefits
Senator Landrieu on Promoting Small Business
Senator Dorgan on the Economy
Senator Landrieu on Supporting Small Businesses
Senator Durbin on Protecting Teachers' Jobs
Senator Murray on Promoting Job Growth
Senator Schumer on Promoting Job Growth
Selected DPC Reports on the Economy
- Republican Budget Would Hurt the Economy and Middle Class (3/19/13)
- Stop Sequestration to Save 750,000 American Jobs and Maintain Our National Security (2/15/13)
- Myth vs. Fact: Tax Cuts for the Middle Class and Small Business (7/12/12)
- Congress Must Renew Unemployment Benefits to Prevent Catastrophic Economic Consequences (12/22/11)
- Economists Agree American Jobs Act Will Create Millions of Jobs and Grow Our Economy (9/9/11)