Ms. CHU. Mr. Speaker, last week the Nation heard disheartening news: Unemployment is up to 9.2 percent.
But the American people don't need reports to tell them what they already know, that job growth should be Congress' top priority.
But the Republicans still aren't getting the message. It's been 27 weeks since they took control, and they have done nothing to create jobs. In fact, they haven't put a single jobs bill to a vote. Instead, they are threatening the loss of countless more American jobs by bringing the debt ceiling talks to the brink of economic catastrophe. They are holding America's economy and the American people hostage to their agenda of tax cuts for the rich and loopholes that help mega-corporations.
We need House leaders looking out for the American people and creating jobs, not cutting them. We need strong House leaders who will protect the American people, not corporate interests.