文章作者 100test 发表时间 2011:10:03 23:34:52
Keynote Remarks at the 6th U.S.-China Aviation Summit
by Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank
September 26, 2011
Thank you for that introduction. Good morning everyone. I’d like to thank the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the Civil Aviation Administration of China, for sponsoring this Summit. I extend a warm welcome to our Chinese guests. I’d especially like to welcome Xia Xinghua Deputy Administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, who also is speaking this morning. I’m delighted to be here with all of you.
I am an economist by training, and as an economist, I am obviously deeply interested in issues of international trade and competitiveness, the same issues that are at the center of this event. However, it doesn’t take an economist to understand the three main reasons we’re all here today.
First, China is one of the fastest growing air transportation markets in the world. Second, American aviation companies are among the most innovative and productive companies in the entire U.S. manufacturing sector. They offer world-class products and services that can help China meet its aerospace goals. And third, the U.S. government is absolutely committed to helping American businesses gain broader access to the Chinese market – creating win-win scenarios for our nations.
Ultimately, our success helping China meet its aerospace goals will mean more jobs here at home. And it is job creation that so many of us in this Administration are focused on day in and day out and why President Obama released his American Jobs Act just a few weeks ago.
This bi-partisan plan, which we hope Congress passes without delay, would provide a significant new tax cut for small businesses – and that describes thousands of firms that supply aerospace manufacturers, including foreign companies. It will cut the payroll tax in half on the first $5 million of wages paid by a company. And it provides a 100 percent payroll tax holiday on any new hiring or increased wages paid to existing employees. Additionally, the Jobs Act extends the 100 percent expensing for capital expenditures into 2012, continuing an historic incentive for new capital investments. The legislation would also empower states with new flexibility to allow out-of-work Americans to continue receiving unemployment benefits while they apprentice or take internships that will help them get the on-the-job training they need to learn the skills high-tech industries like yours are looking for.
We believe these measures and others in the Jobs Act can help give the private sector and American families a boost. It will create jobs – at least 1.5 million according to independent experts – and help rebuild critical road, railway and airport projects that are the very backbone of Commerce.
It will help kickstart the virtuous cycle: Americans will have a little more money in their pockets every month, and that will fuel demand that leads to new jobs. And new jobs mean stronger income growth, spurring more demand, and on it goes. Our economy needs this type of help today, which means that the American Jobs Act needs to be passed today so that American businesses can benefit immediately.
The President is also calling on Congress to take a balanced approach to pay for the Jobs Act, an approach that will cut our deficit based on the values of shared responsibility and shared sacrifice.
During the past decade, profligate government spending, tax cuts for the wealthy, two wars and the recession turned a record surplus into a yawning deficit. The plan the President proposed last week puts us back on a path of fiscal responsibility. It includes measures that ask those that have done well in this economy to contribute to deficit reduction and spending cuts to a host of federal programs, ranging from farm subsidies to government civil service pensions. This balanced approach to deficit reduction spreads the responsibility for meeting this shared challenge.
Of course, amid all the talk of what we must do to improve the American economy, it’s important to remember what’s gone right. That story starts with the more than 2.4 million jobs that have been created in the last 18 months. And our success at selling more of what we make to the 95 percent of consumers who live outside our borders. U.S. exports have been a key driver of America’s economic recovery. In 2010, U.S. exports of goods and services totaled $1.84 trillion, an increase of nearly 17 percent over 2009 levels. The aerospace industry accounted for nearly $78 billion of this total, and we thank you.