Today, U.S. Representative Diane Black (R-TN), released the following statement after the October jobs report showed that the economy created 80,000 jobs in October--the fewest in four months--while the unemployment rate fell from 9.1 percent to 9 percent:
"How many more dismal jobs reports will it take for the Administration to start forwarding policies that actually help the economy instead of just turning to more stimulus spending? The House GOP jobs plan has been out since May and contains common-sense measures that will get our economy back on track. It's been over two years since the stimulus bill was passed, and yet our economy continues to show signs of anemic growth. Clearly the old policies have not worked.
"My home state of Tennessee struggles from over 9 percent unemployment--and it's been that way since February of 2009. It is imperative we get Washington out of the way, and stop this constant desire to permanently tax job creators to pay for temporary government spending programs. The House of Representatives has passed over 15 jobs bills that will create more certainty for our economy, and stop the job-destroying red tape that is pouring out of Washington.
"Since coming to Congress, I have had an ongoing dialogue with 6th District job creators--businesses both big and small. Consistently they tell me they have the capital and the demand for their products, but they cannot hire because they are unsure of what Washington will do to them next. Small business owners tell me that the combination of taxes, over regulation and mandates coming out of Washington are killing their potential for job growth. I urge my colleagues in the Senate, particularly Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, to bring up these 15 pieces of legislation. Debate them, amend them, but at least consider these bills so that we can have a real debate over what our job creators need. It is time for both bodies of Congress to act so our economy can grow again."