(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick marked the Labor Day weekend with weeky addresses that laid out their parties' competing visions for growing the economy.
The president outlined the priorities he pushed on a recent bus tour, including education and job creation programs.
Meanwhile Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania said Obama's health reform law as well as energy and tax policies are holding back economic growth.
Read their full remarks below the jump.
Hi, everybody. This Labor Day weekend, as we gather with family and friends, we'll also come together as a nation to honor some of our own – the working men and women of America who, across the generations, built this country up and helped make us who we are today.
On Monday, we'll celebrate that proud history. We'll pay tribute to the values working Americans embody – hard work; responsibility; sacrifice; looking out for one another. And we'll recommit ourselves to their cause; to securing for them a better bargain so that everyone who works hard in America has a chance to get ahead.
See, over the past four and a half years, we've fought our way back from the worst recession of our lifetimes. And thanks to the grit and resilience of the American people, we've begun to lay a foundation for stronger, more durable economic growth. But as any working family will tell you, we're not where we need to be.
For over a decade, working Americans have seen their wages and incomes stagnate, even as corporate profits soar and the pay of a fortunate few explodes. For even longer than that, inequality has steadily risen; the journey of upward mobility has become harder. And in too many communities across this country, the shadow of poverty continues to cast a pall over our fellow citizens.
Reversing that trend needs to be Washington's highest priority. It's certainly mine. That's why, over the past month, I've traveled all across America, laying out my ideas for how we can build on the cornerstones of what it means to be middle class. A good job that pays a good wage. A good education. A home of your own. Health care when you get sick. A secure retirement even if you're not rich. And more chances for folks to earn their way into the middle class as long as they're willing to work for it.
The truth is, it's not going to be easy to reverse the forces that have conspired – for decades – against working Americans. But if we take a few bold steps – and if Washington is able to come together with common purpose and common resolve – we'll get there. Our economy will keep getting stronger and more Americans will be able to join the ranks of the middle-class.
So this Labor Day, while you're out there grilling in the backyard, or taking that final trip for the summer, I hope you'll also take a moment to reflect on the many contributions of our working men and women. For generations, it was the great American middle class that made our economy the envy of the world. And as long as I'm President, I'm going to keep fighting to make sure that happens again.
Thanks, and have a great weekend.
Fitzpatrick, currently in his third term, said:
Hello, I'm Mike Fitzpatrick, proudly serving Pennsylvania's eighth congressional district.
It's an honor to speak with you this weekend as we celebrate the spirit and ingenuity of America's workers.
We are a nation that builds things. From skyscrapers to smartphone apps, we live in a land where anyone can create, innovate, and pursue their American Dream.
But as I've traveled throughout my district this summer – visiting 100 local businesses in 100 days to speak with workers and business owners – it's easy to sense that Americans are frustrated.
Nearly five years into the Obama presidency, the workers who drive our economy see nothing but roadblocks coming out of Washington.
President Obama's health care law comes to mind.
It's driving up premiums, and forcing workers and their spouses out of plans that they like. Small companies say the taxes and government mandates make it more difficult for them to hire. Even doctors are warning that the law doesn't come close to addressing the real problems in our health care system.
It simply isn't working as promised – and the president knows it. He's already signed seven bills repealing or defunding parts of it. And he's been busy handing out waivers and delays.
Republicans want to protect everyone from this health care law so we can focus on step-by-step, patient-centered reforms that actually lower costs. We think it's only fair to give all Americans the same delay the president is giving to big businesses. But the president threatened to veto a bipartisan bill that would do so – why?
President Obama's energy policies are another concern.
Republicans have an all-of-the-above energy strategy that will help lower prices, boost manufacturing, and improve our national security. But the president is blocking efforts to create jobs and make energy more affordable. Case in point: the Keystone energy pipeline.
This month marks five years since the Keystone application was first filed. Since then, it's passed every environmental review. Labor unions want it. It's privately funded – no taxpayer dollars involved. And again, it has bipartisan support in Congress.
So why is the Obama administration still standing in the way of this 'shovel-ready' project?
Lastly, people in my district are also worried about the size and scope of the federal government. They're worried that the threat of higher taxes and the almost-endless stream of red tape are choking the engines of our economy.
Republicans want to get spending under control and simplify the tax code – making it flatter and fairer for everyone. And we've passed several jobs bills to eliminate excessive regulations and bring common-sense oversight to the regulatory process.
But the president is still pushing more of the same tax hikes and 'stimulus'-style policies that have left us with weak job growth, high prices, and stagnant paychecks. Again we have to ask: why?
If there's one thing I've heard a lot of these last few weeks, it's that people want Congress to focus on expanding opportunity instead of expanding the government.
That's the goal of the Republican jobs plan – and you can see it at gop.gov/jobs. It's focused on breaking down the government roadblocks that are hurting our economy, and putting Americans back in the driver's seat.
Because we want to make sure that the workers we're celebrating this weekend can keep doing what they do best: building. Creating. And preserving the American Dream for future generations.
Thank you for listening.