Office of the Press SecretaryRose garden
11:05 P.M. EDT
THE President: good morning, everyone. Obviously in the last few days, the debate here in Washington was questions of debt limit, but most Americans dominated what matters, and what most is me as President, in the wake of the worst downturn in our lifetimes Affairs always our economy on a firmer footing for more broadly, so that the American people have the security they can earn.
And that means over and over again in a place for rent where company grow consistently and are, where are the new jobs and new opportunity within reach, where middle-class families still even know they have the security and peace of mind felt slides way for years now. And today's job report confirmed what most Americans already know: we have still a long way to go and do a lot of work, give people security and the possibility that they deserve.
We have added more than 2 million new private sector jobs in the last 16 months, but the recession, the US cost more than 8 million. And the means that we have still a big hole fill. Each new job created last month is good news for the people, who are back at work, and for the families which take care of them, and for the communities with which they are a part. But our economy as a whole is not only nearly produce enough jobs for everyone who is looking.
We have always known that we on our way back from this recession highs and deep would have. And in recent months, the economy experienced some hard Gegenwind--natural disasters, spikes in gas prices, State and local budget cuts, the tens of thousands of police and fire departments and teachers their jobs cost have. The problems in Greece and in Europe, together with uncertainty about whether the debt-limit in the United States is raised, have companies hesitate to aggressively invest also made.
Created the economic challenges we faced not overnight, and they are going to be resolved overnight. But the American people expect us to act every single good idea, which is located there. I read a letter after letter from people of one of this economy affected. None of them demand much. Some of them pouring their guts in these letters. And want me to know that the right thing for them is accurate, that we can all we've done to ensure that they are rewarded if they their responsibilities of life up if they do directly from their community if she play by the rules. This is the right choice for them, and they feel, how the rules have changed. They feel that heads of State and Government on Wall Street and in Washington - and believe me, no party is exempt – - have them in the lurch. And it questions whether their efforts will always be reciprocated by their leaders.
Have they provide also surely point out how much pride and believe in this country; today could be difficult as things, positive is that things can get better. And I believe that we can make things better. How we respond is up to us. There are a few things that we can and should do, right now, to redouble our efforts for the American people.
Let me give some examples. Right now, there are more than one million building workers from working after the real estate boom went bust, as well as many America needs reconstruction. We combine the two by investing in our infrastructure, rebuilding our roads and our bridges and our railways. And we could work aside, now some of the construction workers who lost their jobs when the real estate market went bankrupt. Right, we our entrepreneurs can now the possibility of their creation, creation ideas faster market, by streamlining our move open process can give. The pending now before the Congress. Should be:.
Today Congress advance can sell trade agreements that help companies more Americans were and services to Asia and South America, supporting thousands of jobs here at home. Could be done right now. Right now, there are a lot of middle-class families who could certainly use the security that the tax cut that I signed in December to boost the economy and put thousand dollars into the pockets of American families, those who are still around next year. This is a change that we could do now.
There are bills of material and trade agreements to Congress now that move these ideas could be given. All of them have bipartisan support. All could pass immediately. And I urge Congress not to wait. We need the American people all do what we can transfer initiative is making to strengthen this economy and make sure that we produce more jobs.
Put on a stronger and sounder foundation for the future also to our economy, we have our shortcomings and lives within its means get the Government, while still making the investments that help people work now and in the future make us more competitive. As mentioned earlier, we had some good meet. We had a good meeting here yesterday with leaders of both parties in Congress. And while the real differences remain, we are working over the weekend and meet agreed again here on Sunday.
Once received we done this earlier, that the debt limit ceiling will have been raised the who know the markets, and we to additional investment grow a serious plan to deal with our debt and deficit treatment per earlier, that we give our companies that have security that they need to make and rent and provide greater confidence for the rest of the world, as well as, so that they are obliged to invest in America.
Now, the American people sent here to do the right thing not for party, but for country to us. So we will work together, made to make things on their behalf. This is the least they should expect from us not the most, that they should expect from us. I am ready, roll sleeve in the next few weeks and next month. I know that people in both parties in that can also do. And we will progress, the we do on these debts border talks over the next few days inform. Thank you very much.
Q What was the meeting with Ms. Pelosi?
THE President: It was good.
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