Minnesota Congressman John Kline issued the following statement after the Department of Labor released employment data for July showing unemployment increasing to 8.3 percent:
"Forty-two straight months of unemployment above 8 percent is a painful indictment of the president's failed policies. Whether it's implementing a government takeover of health care, rolling back successful welfare reforms, or demanding higher taxes on business owners, the Obama administration's priorities are simply out of touch with the needs of the American people including the Minnesotans I serve.
"At a small business roundtable meeting I hosted last week in Eagan, a Rosemount businesswoman described the uncertainty working families and small businesses are facing as a 'very scary tax environment.' A Savage businessman called the tax burden 'onerous.' A Northfield small business owner is concerned with the 'divisive politics of President Obama's tax ideas.'
"When the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, 2012, the tax relief policies enacted in 2001 and 2003 -- and once extended with the support of Democrats in Congress and President Obama -- are again scheduled to expire. That is why the House passed legislation this week to stop the largest tax increase in American history. In addition to providing relief from the uncertainty of these looming tax increases, this would also establish a path toward enacting comprehensive tax reform next year that levels the playing field for hardworking Minnesotans and businesses large and small trying to compete in a global economy.
"Now more than ever, Minnesota families and businesses should be allowed to keep more of their hard-earned money -- the less money kept by individuals and job creators, the slower our economic recovery. Accordingly, Washington must work toward creating an environment that helps families by preserving tax relief and providing economic certainty so private sector employers can create jobs and put some of the 13 million unemployed Americans back to work."