U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13th) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate last month ticked down a tenth of a percent, from 8.2 percent to 8.1 percent, as the economy added only 115,000 jobs in the month of April:
"After another month of underwhelming growth, Americans everywhere are wondering when Washington will get serious about tearing down the barriers that are slowing the recovery. It may be a political year, but we can't afford to wait until after November for the President and Congress to cut the debt, reject massive tax increases, and clear away the regulatory uncertainty that has frozen our small businesses. This week, I visited the Joliet Job Corps, where hardworking young men and women are equipping themselves with hands-on training for careers in a wide variety of industries. They deserve a chance at a paycheck, and that's the goal we should be pursuing with a responsible budget, and more bipartisan action on bills like the Small Business Tax Cut Act."