Boehner: “One look at the jobs report should show the White House it’s time to get serious about cutting spending and dealing with our ailing economy.”
Cantor: “Under President Obama’s watch, Washington has tied the hands of small business owners…and has spent money that it doesn’t have.”
Huntsman: “Today’s report showing a rising unemployment rate and staggeringly little job creation further demonstrates that this country is in need of policies that will actually grow jobs.”
Camp: “Not since the Great Depression has our unemployment rate been this high for this long, and yet the President has failed to address the issues that are making it hard for families and employers to get by.”
Leader Cantor Statement on May Unemployment Report
“Today’s disappointing jobs report shows that our economy needs an injection of growth oriented policies to ensure that businesses can innovate, expand and begin hiring again. Under President Obama’s watch, Washington has tied the hands of small business owners with regulations that have made it harder to grow, and has spent money that it doesn’t have, leading to sustained unemployment over 8% and a national debt of more than $14 trillion. It is astounding that despite the warning signs and economic indicators, President Obama and Congressional Democrats still have failed to offer any concrete plan to create jobs, reduce our debt, or grow our economy. Instead, the President, Leader Reid and Leader Pelosi want to raise taxes on the very small business owners and entrepreneurs that we are relying on to create jobs, which House Republicans will not let happen.
“In contrast, House Republicans have offered a plan to grow the economy and create jobs. We want to empower small businesses and jobs creators by fundamentally reforming the tax code, instituting a sensible regulatory policy, and passing free trade agreements to increase competitiveness for American manufacturers to grow our economy and get people working again. We seek to modernize the patent system for entrepreneurs and expand American energy exploration and production to create new jobs. And we must get Washington’s fiscal house in order by cutting spending and growing our economy so we can begin paying down our debt.
“Our country faces a choice of more government spending and higher taxes, or more growth and more jobs and more economic certainty. It’s time to move away from the government stimulus spending spree and transition into growth-mode, creating an environment for America’s businessmen and women to succeed and creating jobs for people who need them.”
Jon Huntsman released the following statement on the May 2011 jobs report:
“Today’s report showing a rising unemployment rate and staggeringly little job creation further demonstrates that this country is in need of policies that will actually grow jobs. As governor of Utah – while our country faded into recession – we created an environment that brought jobs to the state without resorting to out of control spending and debt. It is time for America to do the same, putting an end to the suffering of millions of Americans who are struggling to find economic opportunity.”
Camp Statement on May Jobs Report
Washington, DC – Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor released the May jobs report:
“These numbers show that employers are still worried about what is going on in Washington, and, like many Americans, they are hunkering down and bracing for what comes next. Until we restore some semblance of confidence – and that starts with significantly cutting spending in Washington – this economy will continue to limp along.
“Not since the Great Depression has our unemployment rate been this high for this long, and yet the President has failed to address the issues that are making it hard for families and employers to get by. He has not offered a plan to deal with high gas and energy prices, there’s no plan from the White House to cut spending and he has off-loaded discussions on the debt. Worse yet, when the President does wade-in, his focus is on raising taxes – taxes that would directly hit the very investors and small businesses we need to create more jobs. The only thing as bad for job creation as higher taxes is the threat of higher taxes. Every time the President or someone in his Administration talks about raising taxes it becomes harder for the 14 million unemployed Americans to find a job.
“We can get Washington and this economy back on track. House Republicans have offered bold solutions to deal with America’s debt and economic crisis. We have called for a total overhaul of the tax code in order to reduce the complexities and costs that put American employers and workers at a disadvantage. We have pushed for enactment of the long-pending trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia which would increase exports by $13 billion and create up to 250,000 jobs for American workers. The only thing standing in the way of these job-creating policies is the President. Given today’s jobs report, I hope it is clear to the President that we cannot allow politics to paralyze Washington. It is time for the President to actively work with House Republicans to cut spending, get our debt under control and get America back to work.”