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Webster Statement on Unacceptable July Unemployment Numbers


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U.S. Representative Daniel Webster (FL-08) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor's July jobs report indicated the national unemployment rate rose to 8.3%:

"For the 42 straight months that unemployment has been above 8%, tax-and-spend policies have failed to bring about the recovery that Americans so desperately need. Despite this dismal track record, the Senate and the White House, time after time, insist that raising taxes and increasing regulations are solutions that must be on any path to recovery. Enough is enough. There are faces behind the 8.3% unemployed across the nation and the 8.7% across Central Florida, and they deserve lawmakers who put politics aside to advance policies that can actually work to get them back on the job.

"If you're one of the fortunate ones who have a job in this economy, you're still facing high-prices at the pump, rising food prices, and a back-to-school budget that used to go much further. There is a way we can get people back to work and increase the affordability of everyday necessities.

"We first must stop the tax hike that could cripple individuals, small businesses, and families if not prevented. Secondly, we must reform the tax code to offer a more simple and straightforward system that puts more money back into everyone's wallets and pocketbooks so they can invest in their futures and spend wisely out in our marketplace. Thirdly, lawmakers must collaborate to advance proposals that support the ability of small businesses -- the backbone of America's economy -- to hire and expand, and give all businesses the confidence and certainty they need to grow," said Congressman Webster.

In this tough economic environment, Webster is focused on eliminating wasteful spending, creating jobs and supporting job creators through a comprehensive tax reform plan. Just this week the U.S. House passed H.R. 6169 and H.R. 8, both measures that ensure a shorter, simpler and more straightforward tax process which will allow business owners and families to keep more of what they earned to enhance their personal financial security and grow our economy.

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