Congressman James Lankford (R-OK) said that today's unemployment report had positive signs but that Washington is still blocking the potential for greater job growth.
"It is encouraging to see the economy adding new private sector jobs and the slight downtick in the unemployment rate," said Congressman Lankford. "But the fact that more than 40 percent of the current unemployed population has been out of work for more than 27 weeks, and the upward revision of the November unemployment figures from 8.6 percent to 8.7 percent shows that the economic growth is very slow."
"In December, House Republicans passed significant structural reforms in a full year unemployment insurance program, which would provide job training opportunities to those who need it the most," continued Congressman Lankford. "I will keep working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to provide economic predictability and economic freedom so more Americans can get back to work."
"A clear example of federal economic discouragement is the very delayed approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would immediately add as many as 20,000 jobs. The President can get more Americans back to work by approving this project now. The Keystone Pipeline along with the other twenty-seven House-passed bipartisan jobs bills continue to sit on the steps of the Senate awaiting action. It is time to stop throwing federal money at a problem that really requires federal reform and thoughtful action."