Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee released the following statement today after the Department of Labor released its jobs report for October, which showed 184,000 private sector jobs were added last month:
"Today's report marks the thirty-second consecutive month our economy has added private sector jobs -- a strong sign that our recovery is continuing and that the economic policies of the Obama Administration are helping move America forward. More Americans are going back to work, and we are reversing the severe job losses that occurred under the Bush Administration.
"As more Americans look to reenter the work force after the worst recession since the Great Depression, we must continue to move forward and not return to the failed policies that got us into this mess. Congress must work together to help our nation recover and bring certainty back into American homes and businesses.
"In 2008, our economy lost over 4 million jobs, but since President Obama's and Congressional Democrats' recovery policies were put in place we've seen 5 million jobs added. However, we cannot be satisfied with the progress we've made so far. We must continue to pursue measures that help businesses create jobs that won't be shipped overseas. House Democrats' Make It In America jobs plan, which focuses on revitalizing our manufacturing sector and helping businesses expand and add jobs, is exactly the kind of plan America needs. However, Republicans in Congress continue to obstruct, delay, and ignore the challenge of job creation for the sake of short-term political gain.
"The President cannot act alone, and House Republicans have a responsibility to set partisanship aside and work with Democrats to pass Make It In America legislation that will build on the progress we have already made. I urge them to finally get serious about working together to create jobs and move our economy forward."