Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) released the following statement today after the Department of Labor issued the national unemployment report for November:
"Today's jobs report marks the 19th consecutive month in which unemployment has exceeded nine percent--an unacceptable result. We must do everything possible to bring that number down and get people back to work by ending the uncertainty that is plaguing the private sector. To start, Congress should reassure job creators and investors by taking the impending tax hikes off the table. I am hopeful that the negotiations between the Administration and Congressional leaders will result in legislation to ensure that tax rates will remain the unchanged for the next several years. Political gimmicks -- like yesterday's vote in the lame-duck House -- are emblematic of a dysfunctional Washington and a sad example of what millions of Americans profoundly rejected on election day. People want and deserve results, and Republicans will ensure -- one way or the other -- that no American has their taxes raised in this economic environment.
"The new Republican majority will be committed to changing the culture in Washington by cutting spending and stopping government overreach so our businesses can do what they do best -- innovate, compete, and lead. We have been given a golden opportunity and we're ready to start delivering results. We must return this country to the land of responsibility, opportunity and success."