Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13th) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor reported a loss of 54,000 jobs in August and an increase in the national unemployment rate to 9.6 percent:
"With the unemployment rate still hovering near double-digits, millions of Americans will pass this Labor Day weekend without a paycheck and without a job. The leadership in Congress needs to set aside its political agenda, and focus on the one thing our nation's families need most right now -- jobs. From finance to health care, Congress cannot continue to heap new taxes, uncontrolled debts, and thousands of new regulations on job creators without harming the economic recovery.
"Investors, businesses, and consumers are all feeling the strain, and Washington has yet to take the one step that would do the most to ease that economic uncertainly -- stop the $3.8 trillion tax hike scheduled to take effect on January 1st. Raising taxes during a recession will only further erode confidence and push job creators to the sidelines. We need to act now, extend the tax cuts, and give businesses the certainty they need to expand again and create jobs. Congress also needs to rein in the out-of-control spending, and enact pro-growth policies that support small businesses, build exports, and spur investments. These are steps we should be taking now, and hard-working Americans struggling to make ends meet deserve no less."