Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee released the following statement today after the Department of Labor released its jobs report for May:
"It is clear from this morning's employment report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that Congress must act to end the uncertainty caused by a lack of a clear direction in fiscal policy and made worse by sequestration. With 178,000 private sector jobs created in May, our economy continues to grow at a steady pace; however, it is not enough to create the jobs we need to provide opportunities and security for our middle-class.
"On February 25, HR 900, "The End the Sequester Act of 2013' was introduced by myself, Rep. John Conyers along with Rep. Fredericka Wilson and Rep. Alan Grayson. I call on Speaker Boehner to put this Bill on the Floor next week. The sequester was suppose to end a budget impasse. It is harming the ability of the federal government to do its job. With every passing day, thousands of jobs are at risk, the security of middle class families hang in the balance, and the safety of neighborhoods across the state of Texas and other states are in jeopardy. Our nation's economy cannot afford any further uncertainty, obstruction, and delay. Too much is at stake. The Cancel the Sequester Act of 2013 would give the leaders of both parties the time needed to reach some consensus on budget issues without forcing the average American to pay the price for Washington's dysfunction.
"The best remedy Congress can provide for our economy is a big and balanced solution to deficits that replaces the irrational Republican policy of sequester. Unfortunately, Republicans have continued to refuse to compromise and have yet to appoint conferees to negotiate with the Senate over a budget. This ought to be the first step toward addressing our fiscal and jobs challenges, and over the summer months Congress has an opportunity to consider Make It In America legislation to invest in a stronger manufacturing base and help our businesses compete. Republicans and Democrats must work together to achieve these goals and restore certainty to our economy. There is no time to waste."