Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today issued the following comment on the release of the Labor Department's March Jobs Report, which found that just 88,000 new jobs were created and 500,000 Americans left the workforce, bringing workforce participation to its lowest rate since 1979:
"Today's jobs report makes it even more clear that big government and a "Washington knows best' attitude will never spur the robust growth that our nation's economy needs.
"House Republicans are working to cut red tape and create more forestry jobs in rural communities, lower energy costs and roll back health care taxes. We've passed bills streamlining job training programs to modernize our workforce and keep us competitive. I'm cosponsoring legislation to ensure that job-killing regulations, thousands of pages of which have been released just this year, need congressional approval before they go into effect.
"We're taking action to get the economy back on track, not simply giving it lip service.
"Instead of simply talking about job creation, this administration needs to examine its policies and recognize that higher energy prices, increasing health care costs and rising taxes are slowing growth and stunting economic recovery."