House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after the release of the latest unemployment report. Unemployment grew to 9.2%.
"There are no good excuses but certainly plenty of painful reasons why the American people continue to face disappointing levels of economic growth and job creation," said Chairman Price. "For over two years Washington has tried to micromanage economic prosperity and the results are as troubling as they were predictable. But, despite the efforts of our Democrat colleagues to continue spending money we do not have while threatening to raise taxes on those who create jobs, Republicans are offering an alternative vision. We believe that American entrepreneurs and the free enterprise system that built this nation ought to be allowed to thrive without Washington picking winners and losers and without taking more money out of the hands of hard working American families. That is why we have put forth numerous proposals to rein in spending, fix a broken regulatory regime in Washington, and encourage job creation through areas like energy production. It is why when it comes to addressing the mountain of debt that threatens to derail our economy, we have opposed Democrat efforts to raise taxes on job creators and have focused on cutting spending and reforming the drivers of our debt.
"Today's jobs report confirms that there is more work that needs to be done. There are positive ways to strength the economy and promote job creation, but more deficit spending and higher taxes are not a recipe for success. In the days ahead, Americans will be looking for leaders who can offer concrete solutions to the challenges facing our economy. House Republicans have put forth a myriad of ideas, and we would welcome the same level of substantive contribution from the White House and Congressional Democrats."
The following House-passed jobs bills await Senate action:
* H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act
* H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act
* H.J.Res. 37, a Resolution of disapproval regarding the FCC's regulation of the Internet and broadband industry practices
* H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act
* H.R. 1230, Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act
* H.R. 1229, Putting the Gulf ofMexico Back to Work Act
* H.R. 1231, Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act
* H.R. 2021, the Jobs and Energy Permitting Act
* H.Con.Res. 34, a Resolution establishing the budget for the United States government for fiscal year 2012 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2013 through 2021