Congressman Ben Quayle released the following statement after the Department of Labor released its March Unemployment Report:
"I am pleased to see continued signs that our economy is heading in the right direction and that businesses are slowly starting to hire again. But we can do better than this. America needs a surge of job growth, not a trickle. The horrific devastation in Japan and the turmoil gripping much of the Middle East have stalled an already stunted global recovery, and while we can't necessarily control economic variables beyond our shores, we do have a direct impact on our own. We have to take immediate steps now to get our deficits under control and send job creators a message that America is once again a safe place to invest.
In just one week, the latest short-term funding bill will expire, andif the House and Senate fail to come to an agreement on a long-term funding bill, the federal government will shut down. I do not believe a government shutdown would be a good thing, especially given the fragility of our economy, but House Republicans are not going to pass a long-term funding bills unless serious spending cuts are included."