Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) issued the following statement on the May unemployment numbers that were recently released. Ros-Lehtinen's statement emphasizes why the national unemployment report for May shows the urgent need for the Senate to act as soon as possible on the many House passed bills to deregulate the economy and lower taxes so small businesses can create more jobs.
The May report shows that the national unemployment rate rose for the first time since June 2011 to 8.2%. It has now been above 8 per cent for 40 straight months. This is the first time since the Great Depression that the unemployment rate has been above 8 per cent for so many consecutive months. In South Florida, the unemployment rate was even higher at 8.7 per cent in Florida and 9.2 per cent in Miami-Dade County as of the report in April.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "Every constituent whom I meet shares with me their concerns about the economy and the dismal unemployment numbers in South Florida and throughout our nation. My colleagues and I in the House have sent more than 20 bills to the Senate with the goal of doing away with burdensome government regulations and cutting taxes for America's job creators, our small businesses. We have also sent the Senate bills to facilitate the acquisition of private capital for machinery improvements or hiring. Every one of these bills we send to the Senate is shelved by the Democrats.
Our nationwide unemployment situation is dismal yet the Senate refuses to even debate the House passed bills. Our tepid economic recovery now seems to be stalled. Americans have grown weary of the incessant partisanship in Washington and now more than ever they need both Republicans and Democrats to put aside politics; the House has done this, now it's the Senate's time to step up to the plate."