Plummeting Approval Numbers Show Growing Concern about Economy
Failing Growth Shows Need for Action
(Washington, D.C.) – According to the latest Washington Post poll, President Obama's approval rating now stands at just 41 percent, the lowest of his presidency. The view on his handling of the economy is similar – with only 42 percent indicating approval. This rating is likely to be impacted by today's Commerce Department growth report which shows U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by just 0.1 percent in the first 3 months of 2014 – lower than the already feeble expectations. This helps explain why so few Americans are experiencing the "recovery" – regardless of administration officials touting it as an achievement.
Despite clear concerns about the slowing economy, reports indicate that the U.S. Senate still refuses to debate House-passed initiatives that might help create jobs. Allowing a simple debate on these proposals could lead to enactment of measures that will help the economy – or at least advance the goal of reaching bipartisan compromises. Instead, Senate leaders continue to schedule votes on measures that will not help the economy, in hopes of scoring political points.
Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:
"It's clear the American people are frustrated with the lack of leadership coming from Washington. Instead of trying to find common ground on ways to get the government out of the way and allow the economy to grow, the Senate is focusing on political votes. This is wrong, and it's a disservice to people who are hurting. Middle-income workers want jobs and economic opportunity; instead they're stuck with zero progress, zero growth, and partisan excuses.
Just a few months ago, the President said he wanted this to be 'a year of action.' Instead we have gotten more of the same – including the President's refusal even to make a decision about the Keystone XL Pipeline – one concrete proposal to create jobs without spending taxpayer money. It is time for him and other leaders in Congress to remember who they work for. The Senate should begin to debate real, bipartisan economic growth measures."