U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the January jobs report today showing the unemployment rate increased to 7.9 percent:
"This disappointing jobs report reflects Washington's priority of empowering itself. It's no surprise that businesses cannot grow and create jobs in the midst of massive tax increases and with the Administration threatening even more taxes and regulations this year. Rather than a plan for private sector expansion, the president's focus has been on taking resources from our communities in order to aid government growth.
"With the recent victory of passing "No Budget, No Pay,' the House must continue to lead the way toward a balanced budget. We must reverse course and begin to transfer power out of Washington and back to our families and businesses so our communities can grow and prosper again."