Congressman Rick Berg issued the following statement today regarding the latest unemployment report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
"Back in 2009, the Obama Administration projected that unemployment would not break 8 percent, yet 40 months and a trillion dollars later, unemployment is still above 8 percent, with 5.4 million Americans unable to find work," stated Berg. "When you consider the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have given up hope of finding a job and dropped out of the work force completely, the unemployment rate is actually closer to 14.8 percent, totaling more than 23 million Americans. The Obama way of bigger government, more spending and more debt simply doesn't work. To get our economy back on track and Americans back to work, the President should look to North Dakota and adopt our common sense solutions that have removed job-killing regulatory barriers, encouraged energy production, and provided small business with the needed certainty to create jobs and grow the economy."
A member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Berg has worked to limit government regulation on American small businesses by co-sponsoring the REINS Act and the TRAIN Act, which requires all new regulations to receive approval from Congress and would ensure that the costs of all new regulations are assessed before implementation. Berg also serves as a member of the Congressional Job Creators Caucus.
Over the last year, the House has passed nearly 30 bipartisan, job-creating bills that the Democrat-controlled Senate has refused to take up for a vote. These bills would empower small business owners, reduce the regulatory burdens that hurt job creation and business growth, and encourage the growth of America's energy sector.