Statements and Speeches

WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement regarding the committee’s hearing on “Jobs and a Healthy Economy.”

“Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this hearing today.

“I am proud to once again serve as a member of this critical committee, and I look forward to working with you and your staff throughout the 114th Congress.

“Whenever I speak to constituents back home in Delaware, the first issues they always raise are job growth and the economy, and I believe it is fitting that we begin the 114th Congress discussing these very issues.

“We’ve made great strides forward in leading our country out of the Great Recession and into a period of economic recovery and growth. For 58 straight months now, private sector employment has created more than 11 million jobs and, for 19 of the past 25 weeks now, initial unemployment insurance claims have been below 300,000.

“These numbers are encouraging, but more work remains to be done. Too many of our neighbors are still unemployed or underpaid and we must do more to tackle these challenges. There are a number of things we can do on this committee to build on our past successes. I look forward to continuing efforts to overhaul our outdated tax system. I believe a common-sense compromise on tax reform, closing loopholes and simplifying the code, will put money back in the pockets of many Americans and help to further boost our economy.

“Additionally, this committee has the opportunity to promote fair and free trade, which could open the doors to new and growing international markets for American companies. In Delaware, trade supports 120,000 jobs and billions of dollars in exports to more than 180 countries. Up-to-date and comprehensive trade agreements will not only bolster international commerce, but they will also increase the number of consumers of American – and Delawarean – goods and services.

“I look forward to hearing from our panel of witnesses today on their recommendations for furthering the progress and growth that we have already seen. Creating jobs around the country, and growing our economy will continue to be my top priority.