Today, Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released the following statement in reaction to the April jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor. A net total of 165,000 jobs were created and the unemployment rate for April decreased to 7.5 percent from 7.6 percent in March.
"The fact that an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent is better than expected says everything about just how weak our economy continues to be. For the good of the American people, we must find a way to strengthen this economy and unleash robust economic growth -- not simply growth that beats low expectations. Tax reform that cleans up the tax code and closes wasteful loopholes and lowers tax rates will help both families and employers. Instead of spending time and money trying to comply with the tax code, families will have more control over their lives and employers will have more opportunities to create more jobs and provide higher wages for American workers. The Ways and Means Committee will continue to pursue this important goal, and, in doing so, work to revive our economy and job market that isn't picking up steam."