Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced that the economy added 115,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent:
"Today's jobs report contains some good news: the unemployment rate continues to fall and the private sector has added jobs for 26 consecutive months. But job growth is still too weak, leaving millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet month after month.
"Nearly 500 days into the 112th Congress, the Republican majority continues to stonewall any action to address this situation. Eight months after the President introduced the American Jobs Act, which was designed around provisions historically supported by both Democrats and Republicans, the Republican leadership has refused to even bring the bill to the Floor for consideration.
"This Congress is on pace to be the least productive in 40 years; at a time when we can least afford it. The American people deserve better. It's time for Republicans to join Democrats in support of a common-sense agenda that creates jobs, rebuilds our infrastructure and expands our manufacturing base. With action from this Congress, there's no reason a better America can't begin today."