Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), Chief Deputy Whip, issued the following statement after the Department of Labor released their September jobs report showing the national unemployment rate remains over 9 percent:
"This is yet another disappointing example that the White House's policies need to change direction. It's been over two and a half years since the stimulus first passed, yet trillions in debt later, unemployment is 9.1% -- well above the 8% peak promised by this Administration.
"Republicans stand ready and willing to work with Democrats on commonsense solutions that remove barriers to private-sector job creation. We've recently passed numerous bills reforming excessive Washington-imposed regulatory practices that would kill jobs -- though the Senate has yet to act on these job-saving measures or any of the dozen job-creating bills we've passed this year.
"It is a positive step forward that the White House sent the long-stalled pro-export trade agreements to Congress. I urge them to work with us on places where we agree, like the trade agreements, and eschew the tired playbook of proposing increasing taxes, regulatory madness, and more 'stimulus.'"