Nebraska’s senators might not see eye-to-eye on everything in Washington, but they agree on a simple step President Obama could take that would produce jobs.
The president addresses a joint session of Congress tonight, in which he will pitch a plan to create jobs.
Senator Nelson, a Democrat, says the president should push to finalize trade agreements pending with South Korea, Panama and Columbia. Nelson points out that exports have created 34,000 jobs in Nebraska.
“So, consequently, adding another thousand or more jobs based on these trade agreements would be very, very positive,” Nelson tells Nebraska Radio Network in an interview.
In a separate interview, Senator Johanns makes the same point.
“These are good markets. The South Korean market not only is good, it would be a great market for not only ag products, but a whole host of other products,” Johanns tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Johanns, a Republican, agrees with Nelson on another issue: regulations. Both of the senators say the Obama Administration needs to back off of some of the regulations it has imposed on the business community. Johanns says the administration’s regulations have thrown a “wet blanket” on the economy. Nelson says the administration needs to clear out the “regulatory underbrush.”
They disagree on the subject of gridlock. Nelson says Congressional gridlock has hurt job growth, claiming that too many Republicans want to hurt Obama politically more than they want to create jobs. Johanns counters that the president seems to use the term gridlock when he complains about a lack of Republican support for his more radical programs. Johanns suggests the president could bridge the partisan divide by concentrating on trade, regulations and the transportation bill, which attract widespread support.