Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) released the following statement regarding the latest unemployment numbers reported today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
"The President promised hope and change during his first campaign. What we've seen instead is millions of Americans losing hope in the job market as the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent last month and no change in the President's failed policies to turn the economy around.
"The President has had three years to turn the economy around, but instead the economy is getting worse. Unemployment is rising, growth for the first quarter slowed to 1.9 percent, the housing market is sliding and consumer confidence continues to weaken. To make matters worse, we continue to heap mountains of debt on future generations while their ability to pay that debt with a good job and the promise of the American dream is quickly fading.
"As I travel throughout my district in Minnesota, people tell me they are worried about their future. Job creators are uncertain about their outlook as Obamacare looms on the horizon, and the largest tax increase in our history is set to take place at the end of this year.
"We need a change in direction and policy. We need to unleash the free market by lowering taxes on job creators, repealing Obamacare, legalizing American energy production and getting rid of job-killing regulations. We need to stop relying on government and instead put our faith in the American people."