Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement on the September jobs numbers:
"Thanks to President Obama's leadership on the economy, the Department of Labor announced today that the economy had added 114,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September. These numbers are the lowest in 4 years, with steady growth, but we still recognize that there is much work that needs to be done for our recovery.
"Unfortunately, House Republicans have not made economic growth a top priority. Instead of keeping Congress in session to work towards preventing the fiscal cliff, extending middle class tax cuts, and agreeing on a bipartisan Farm Bill, they chose politics over progress. All of this unfinished legislation would help to further grow the economy and help put Americans back to work.
"I will continue to do my part in working to strengthen the recovery for those Americans that are still struggling. I hope that when my Republican colleagues return they'll put the middle class over political games."