Today, Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released the following statement in reaction to the November jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor. A net total of 146,000 jobs were created, and the unemployment rate for November decreased to 7.7 percent.
"The fact that the unemployment rate remains this high is why it is so important that we find a balanced solution to the fiscal cliff that does not put the jobs of middle-class Americans at risk. Every credible study has shown that the President's insistence on higher tax rates will cost hundreds of thousands of jobs. Tax reform, however, can raise revenue, make the code fairer and simpler, and help strengthen the economy. I urge the President to look at today's numbers and abandon his push for higher tax rates that threatens middle-class jobs. Comprehensive tax reform, which is supported by Republicans and Democrats in Congress, can help solve both the fiscal and jobs crisis we face in this country."