Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) today issued this statement following the announcement of December's unemployment numbers:
"Since October, families across this country have been struggling with crushing, double-digit unemployment -- a record we've only seen one other time since World War II," Reichert said. "In fact, it's been one year since the House began debating the "stimulus' bill that was promised to create immediate jobs and keep unemployment below 8 percent. Clearly, the stimulus has failed to deliver on those promises. In my home district, businesses are being forced to cut back just to survive, or they're making the difficult choice between closing their doors or leaving the state altogether.
"So rather than force a job-killing, tax-raising health care bill on the American people, it's high time we focus our efforts on creating jobs and doing what's necessary to jump-start our economy. Rather than growing the size of government, we should instead be working to keep taxes low, act on pending free trade agreements, and offer incentives that will encourage innovation and investment."
The Bureau of Labor Statistics today reported continued job loss in December, with an unemployment rate of 9.5 percent.