Congressman Charles B. Rangel released the following statement after the Department of Labor after the Department of Labor reported that the economy added 146,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent in November. With 147,000 jobs added by private businesses, this marks the 33rd consecutive month of private sector job growth:
"President Obama's plan to reverse our fragile economy is proving effective - unemployment rate has significantly decreased to an all-time low. More Americans are finding jobs and getting back on their feet.
Now is not the time to play politics. There is no reason for House Republicans to obstruct the path to our economic recovery. With the fiscal cliff looming, there is so much at stake for the middle class, small businesses, and our communities during this crucial time of the year. The GOP must admit defeat of their unfair policies that only favor the top 2 percent of Americans. They must come to reality and extend middle class tax cuts now.
My Colleagues and I in the House have filed a discharge petition to force a vote on a Middle Class Tax Relief bill that was passed by the Senate in July, and is ready to be signed by the President. If they keep refusing to take it up for a vote, 114 million American families will see a tax increase of $2000 starting January 1. That would not only be fiscally irresponsible, but also morally unacceptable.
We still need to create more employment opportunities. We must work collaboratively to restore certainty for the middle class and small businesses. I urge my Republican Colleagues to listen to the American people who have voted for a sensible and balanced tax policy that will reduce our deficit."