WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ever since Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was sworn in last March, Rep. John Kline has been trying to get her to come before the House Education and Labor Committee.
Those calls only intensified in November, when job reports by stimulus grantees were found to contain errors, including improperly calculated figures and created or saved jobs listed for congressional districts that don’t exist.
On Wednesday, Kline, the committee’s ranking Republican, will finally get his hearing.
“It has been nearly a year since the so-called stimulus was signed into law. Since then, both the unemployment rate and the federal deficit have ballooned, while the American people are left to ask, ‘where are the jobs?’ ” Kline asked in a GOP-authored press release announcing the hearing.
“We know it is American enterprise and ingenuity — not the federal government — that creates jobs. Yet this Administration continues to pursue an agenda of government expansion that threatens the economic recovery our workforce so desperately needs.”
The hearing begins at 9 a.m. Central and will be webcast live on the committee’s website.