Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02), the lead Democratic Appropriator for the Department of Commerce, issues this statement upon release of today's national employment report:
"The solid increase of 157,000 new jobs in January -- despite a rough and tumultuous time in our economy that included the so-called "fiscal cliff' and debt ceiling crises -- demonstrates that steady growth under President Obama continues as the new normal. It is especially heartening that private employers created 166,000 new jobs last month -- the 35thconsecutive month of rising employment in the private sector.
"But our economy must get stronger. The President's jobs legislation shows the path to prosperity. The new Congress has work to do, and enacting the Obama job-creating program is top of the list."