Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY25) responded to today's release of the November jobs report by the U.S. Department of Labor by urging the Senate to act on the more than 20 job creation bills referred to them by the House of Representatives. In November, 120,000 jobs were created and the national unemployment rate is at 8.6 percent. Buerkle issued the following statement:
"Today's jobs report from the Department of Labor is a stark reminder of our static economy and the millions of Americans who remain unemployed. While we welcome the creation of 120,000 jobs, it is far from the 2 million jobs that have been lost since President Obama took office, and it is certainly not enough to ignite the economic growth we need."
"While these new and seasonal jobs will bring relief to some families during the holiday season, many will continue to struggle. The best gift for all Americans would be Senate action on the more than 20 job creation bills that the House of Representatives has referred to them. These bipartisan bills promote private sector investment, support economic growth and provide certainty for job creators. They have been unilaterally withheld by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. I urge my Senate colleagues to read, debate and vote on passage of these bills. We have the ability to turn this economy around, but it will require bipartisan cooperation and true leadership from the White House."