Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after Nevada's unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent in January:
"Nevadans are getting back to work and the gradual fall in unemployment continues to be encouraging news. However, joblessness is still a problem in our communities. Countless individuals, from north to south, have yet to start earning a paycheck again. We can't be satisfied until all Nevadans are able to find jobs and provide for their families. We can continue to create jobs and give opportunities to small business to expand by passing a budget that invests in a strong middle class.
"This week, Senate Democrats introduced a budget that reflects the principles of balance and fairness. The plan cuts wasteful spending, reduces the deficit and closes tax loopholes that benefit the rich. It will also invest in the things that help our economy grow -- education, preventive health care, worker training, and roads and bridges. The Republican alternation- the Ryan Republican budget- demands middle-class families pay more in taxes each year, it fails to close wasteful corporate tax loopholes, and it would end Medicare as we know it.
"Democrats believe it is critical that we stabilize the deficit and Nevadans and Americans have demanded a fair approach to deficit reduction that makes sensible cuts. In the spirit of balance and fairness, Republicans should join Democrats to find a solution that works."