Lisa Jackson Responds To Jobs Act

on September 09, 2011 at 1:30 PM

On Greenversations, the EPA’s official blog, Administrator Lisa P. Jackson publicly responded to Obama’s September 8 jobs speech. In her post, Jackson calls Obama’s proposed American Jobs Act, a “collection of common sense, bipartisan ideas” that will help create jobs and pull small business and families out of “the greatest economic downturn in generations.”

“President Obama has also proposed extending help to the long-term unemployed who have borne the brunt of our nation’s economic challenges. Not only will the American Jobs Act provide the support for people looking for work, but it will also make changes that better connect job-seekers with job openings,” she writes.

“The American Jobs Act includes provisions to ensure that this plan is paid for. It won’t add a dime to the deficit. By closing corporate tax loopholes and asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share, we can strengthen the core components of our economy, the small businesses and middle class families that are essential to our nation’s success.”

As Administrator of an agency that sets out emissions standards and regulations that has often met harsh criticism from companies in the energy sector, Jackson’s public support of Obama’s speech opens the question of energy jobs, tax breaks, and how the EPA will move ahead with future regulations.

Obama already delayed recent EPA emissions regulations, a move noted by many in the industry as appropriate for tough economic times. Read more: Generators Hail Withdrawal Of Ozone Standard.

Read Lisa Jackson’s letter in full on Greenversations.

Photo caption: US President Barack Obama addresses a Joint Session of Congress about the US economy and job creation at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, September 8, 2011.