Congressman Tim Huelskamp issued the following remarks after the Labor Department announced that the unemployment rate for August 2011 was 9.1 percent:
"An unchanged 9.1 percent unemployment rate is another reminder that too many Americans are paying the price for Washington's poor judgment," Congressman Huelskamp said. "The nearly 14 million Americans who are out of work, and another 11 million who are underemployed, find themselves in this position because many employers are rightfully nervous about expanding their businesses. With the uncertainty created by the Obama Administration, how can job creators invest in more employees?"
"When the President addresses a Joint Session of Congress next Thursday, America needs to hear a dramatic change of course. President Obama needs to reject his tired and tried liberal policies: tax, spend, regulate, borrow, and bail out. His stimulus plan promised that unemployment would never drop below 8 percent, yet the last time America experienced such was before the stimulus became law. And, while Mr. Obama has settled for high unemployment for at least another two years, that is not good enough."
"At business and agriculture roundtables and town hall meetings across the First District of Kansas this past month, job creators in America's heartland are not looking for a handout from Washington. Instead, they demand that the President roll back his Big Government programs. Roll back the job-killing regulations, Mr. President. Roll back the health care mandates, Mr. President. Roll back the tax increase rhetoric, Mr. President. And roll back the export restrictions, Mr. President. And you will be amazed at the job creation we will see in America."