Rep. John Kline (MN-2) not interested in job creation

John Kline, job killerKline flatly opposed creating jobs by repairing dangerous bridges and infrastructure

When asked by a constituent about a jobs bill during a Town Hall meeting on Monday, January 30, 2012 in Shakopee, MN, U.S. House Education & Workforce Committee Chair John Kline said he s didn’t agree with the President about jobs bills.

Rod Hunter of Red Wing, Minnesota, drew applause from much of the audience when he asked Kline to support an extension of unemployment insurance and support a jobs bill to get people back to work. “With millions of people unemployed still and their benefits going to run out at the end of February will you be in favor of extending them unemployment benefits for the rest of the year with no strings attached? Will you going to support a jobs bill to help people get back [to work]? Our infrastructure’s decapitated and with our highways and bridges there is a lot of work to be done.”

Representative Kline flatly opposed creating jobs by repairing dangerous bridges and infrastructure, preferring partisan posturing during an election year over the sort of leadership he could be showing in DC on behalf of his constituents, having attained influential position as a Committee Chair in the 2010 elections.

“My view of what jobs bills ought to be is what lets the economy grow, the private sector grows, the private sector puts people back to work. The President and I disagree about what a jobs bill is.”

Republican Congressman John Kline
2nd District, Minnesota

According to a U.S. Department of Labor press release, the American Jobs Act would invest more than $600 million in the North Star State to fund highway and transit modernization projects — which could put roughly 7,500 Minnesotans back to work modernizing roads and bridges.

“In 2007, there were 116,000 people employed by Minnesota’s construction sector. Today, that number is down to 86,300.”

source: Under the Bridge,
Labor Secretary Solis Rallies for President Obama’s Jobs Plan

September 30, 2011

Call MN State outline John Kline‘s office and tell him we don’t all have his military officers pension; workers in Minnesota need jobs, not political posturing in an election year.

Toll-Free: (888) 808-6644

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IUOE Local 49 was formed in 1927. Today we are more than 13,000 men and women in Minnesota, North and South Dakota with contracts for highway/heavy and building contractors, well drillers, equipment repair shops, welding shops, sand and gravel suppliers, counties, municipalities, hospitals, school districts, cemeteries, and more.

Posted on February 1, 2012, in infrastructure, Jobs, U.S. Congress and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. But then, he’s not interested in ending insider trading in Congress, either.

    Current laws do not prohibit lawmakers from profiting from nonpublic information they learn in the course of their duties. Hence the need for Minnesota 1st District Congressman Tim Walz’s STOCK Act.

    Kline seems mostly interested in fund-raising; he’s never been a very active author of bills, let alone much of an advocate for his district’s constituents.

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