The President Should Visit All of California

Congressman Kevin McCarthy
Majority Leader, United States Congress

The President came to Los Angeles and San Francisco to talk about how great the economy is doing. While it may look good for some in Los Angeles and San Francisco a trip throughout the Golden State would show the President that many Californians are frustrated with his Administration’s economic policies.

The President should take a trip through Bakersfield and into the Central Valley, where the nation’s largest vegetable, fruit, and nut producers are located. Right now the drought has made life tough for people in Central Valley communities, and the Obama Administration’s policies sure haven’t helped. Sadly, the Obama economy and the Administration’s harmful water regulatory burdens have left California in a far more precarious place than West L.A and San Francisco.

Labor force participation in California is only 61.9 percent, below the national rate of 62.7 percent, which is a full 3.4 percent lower than in 2008. Unemployment in counties across California, especially in the Central Valley, is still in the double digits.

If the President is serious about growing the economy and creating opportunity in California, he should direct his Administration to immediately ease the harmful policies that send precious water out to the ocean instead of to our communities. That would create real economic growth and provide greater opportunity to the next generation of our farmers.

When the President is out West, he should take a trip on the freeway out of the big cities and see how the rest of California is doing.

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