Republican responses begin to roll in.
Sen. Mitch McConnell
“Americans are speaking out, and they want Washington to focus on jobs. But with each passing month, and each new jobs report, it becomes increasingly clear that while massive Washington spending is growing the size of government, it’s clearly not growing sustainable private-sector jobs. The trillion-dollar stimulus didn’t live up to promises made by the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress; the massive growth of the federal government didn’t result in a similar growth of jobs; and the maze of new regulations, health care mandates and taxes are having a predictable impact on the economy.
“Again and again, Democrats were faced with a problem, and their solution was to ram through some costly, big-government solution Americans didn’t want. And now they want taxpayers to pick up the tab. After working tirelessly to expand the reach of government, the Democrat leadership in Congress left town without doing the single most important thing they could have done for jobs: preventing a massive new tax increase on families and small businesses. As a result, all taxpayers are now facing a tax hike—exactly the wrong prescription for turning around the unacceptably high unemployment rate we’ve seen again today.”
Rep. John Boehner
“This disappointing jobs report demonstrates the pressing need to immediately enact the Pledge to America and help end the uncertainty caused by Washington Democrats’ out-of-control spending spree and job-killing policies.
“According to the Obama Administration’s own projections, unemployment should now be at roughly seven percent on account of the ‘stimulus,’ but instead it is now at 9.6 percent. In fact, unemployment is higher than the Obama Administration said it would be if we had not passed the ‘stimulus’ at all. Small businesses are pulling back at a time when we need them to be expanding and hiring, an uncertainty worsened by Washington Democrats’ failure to stop all the tax hikes set to take effect January 1st . Rising unemployment and widespread uncertainty is a far cry from the robust recovery President Obama promised the American people.
“With the Pledge to America, Republicans have offered a clear and positive plan to help end the economic uncertainty, create jobs, and make America more competitive. With the American people asking ‘where are the jobs?,’ Republicans’ blueprint for job creation starts with stopping all of the looming tax hikes and ending Washington’s out-of-control spending spree. Make no mistake, our economy will ultimately recover, but it will do so because of the hard work and entrepreneurship of the American people, not more of the same wasteful Washington spending and job-killing tax hikes and mandates.”
Rep. Eric Cantor
“Today’s jobs report is the latest reminder that small business people, job creators, and investors need certainty before they can grow. Over the past two years, the policies pursued by the President and Democrat leaders in Congress have created a cloud of uncertainty and fear that has inhibited productivity, innovation and job creation. It is a dereliction of duty that in this environment, with families struggling and people trying desperately to get back to work, that Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid left Washington without allowing Congress the opportunity to vote on legislation that would prevent one of the largest tax hikes in American history. The bipartisan majority of both the House and the Senate believe that no American should face a tax increase and would support legislation to that end.
“On January 1, one of two things will happen. Taxes will either go up or they will stay the same for everyone – including many men and women who run their own businesses, hire employees, and make payroll. The very last thing these Americans need is to get hit with thousands of dollars in new taxes, which will prevent hiring, cost people jobs, and increase the chances of a double dip recession. In this economy, we simply cannot let that happen.
“For the last 19 months, Republicans have focused on cutting spending and creating jobs, offering better alternatives that have simply been ignored by the Democrat majority. Now, Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid are playing a game of chicken with one of the largest tax increases in American history – and the people being hurt by that are the small business people that we should be trying to help. There is a better way, and it starts with cutting spending immediately and ensuring that no American faces a tax increase in this environment. House Republicans, who have already offered hundreds of billions of dollars in spending cuts, will continue to fight against the Democrats’ spending spree and for enabling small business people to invest and grow so that we can get America working again.”
Rep. Pete Sessions:
This report is not only the final affirmation of the failed job-killing policies of Washington Democrats, but it frames the national political debate from now until Election Day. There is now no doubt that this election will be a referendum on the Obama-Pelosi agenda that has created chronic unemployment and paralyzed the free enterprise system. The unemployment rate has escalated far beyond the eight percent mark that Democrats promised before their so-called ‘stimulus’ bill was enacted into law. For nearly two years, Democrats have been unable to produce an answer to the fundamental question: ‘Where are the jobs?’ After 21 months of broken promises and a shattered economy, Americans are asking for a new direction in Washington that will finally empower job creation throughout this country. Republican candidates are offering that new direction with plans to end the uncertainty facing small businesses and help our economy get back to creating jobs. With middle-class families continuing to suffer under the Democrats’ failed leadership, Republicans are ready to make the closing argument that there is only one party that can lead the country back to prosperity and finally put Americans back to work.