By Daniel Strauss - 10/22/11 10:00 AM EDT
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) in the GOP's weekly address called on the Obama administration to drop its own plans to "simply spend more money" and embrace a Republican plan for job creation.
“Our proposal is simple, and it makes it easier for businesses to thrive, grow, and hire. We will simplify the tax code so that businesses can more readily predict their expenses and increase their competitiveness in a global economy," Burr said.
Burr reiterated Republicans' desire to repeal the Obama administration's healthcare reform law as well working to reduce the U.S.'s dependence on foreign oil.
"We’ll replace 'ObamaCare' with common-sense reforms that actually lower the cost of healthcare for all Americans. We’ll increase America’s energy independence by promoting increased oil and gas exploration and innovation in the field of renewable energy sources, driving down our reliance on energy imported from around the world," Burr continued.
Burr also said the GOP plan would encourage increasing education for the American workforce as well as promoting free trade.
"And, we’ll promote free and fair trade to provide American businesses with opportunities to expand into new markets and remain competitive in the global marketplace, and hire workers to meet the increased demands of their goods and services," Burr said.
Burr's spotlight in the weekly address comes as the Obama administration continues to push President Obama's American Jobs Act. After it failed to gain enough votes in the Senate, Obama pledged to push to the legislation through Congress in "bite sized" pieces, two of which stalled in the Senate this week.