(House of Representatives - July 20, 2011)

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                              WE NEED JOBS

  (Mr. COHEN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
  Mr. COHEN. Mr. Speaker, Republican slash-and-burn politics have not 
created a single job for hardworking Americans and Republicans have not 
presented a bill on jobs in this Congress. The fact is we need jobs and 
we need innovative jobs, and the Democrats have proposed a jobs plan 
that emphasizes innovation.

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  We had an opportunity last week to have more investment in solar--
less in fossil fuels--solar green jobs that are innovative, create more 
jobs and protect us in the future so we don't have to spend money on 
defense to protect those lines that bring us oil from the Middle East, 
yet we didn't do it.
  We need to invest in education, and the Democrats have tried to do 
that. But the Republicans want to cut Pell Grants and cut workforce 
investment opportunities. We need to have an educated workforce, and we 
need to have creative ways to create jobs and not just be slaving to 
Big Oil and Wall Street.
  Jobs is our most important business here. And while I speak of jobs, 
we have one job the American public wants us to do, and that is prevent 
a default on our debt and embarrass the United States and wreck the 
world's economy. That's more important than any pledge, Mr. Speaker, 
that anybody has taken. Don't default.