I issued a statement today on the U.S. Department of Labor's September employment report, which shows that the U.S. economy added 114,000 jobs in September -- the 31st straight month of private sector job growth -- and saw unemployment fall to 7.8 percent. Unemployment is still a major concern in Memphis and across America but the September employment report is proof positive President Obama and Democrats are working to rebuild our economy despite Republican efforts to stunt job growth through inaction in Congress. Far too many families across the country are struggling to put food on the table and pay their bills. Republicans must stop their obstructionist ways so we can continue to build upon the slow but steady economic growth we are experiencing.
President Obama laid out an impressive plan that will help create jobs and improve our economy right now. The American Jobs Act would put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans by helping small businesses grow, extending the payroll tax and investing in our infrastructure. The measure is based on bipartisan ideas and will be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes and asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share. I will be proud to support President Obama's American Jobs Act when it reaches the House floor.