In reaction to the U.S. Department of Labor's report of 192,000 jobs created in February, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8) called upon his fellow Congress members to capitalize on the recovery's momentum.
"The recovery efforts are working and so are more Americans," said Pascrell, a member of the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees. "This is very encouraging news. But prudence dictates that we cannot consider ourselves out of the woods. It's not a mere coincidence that we passed the Recovery Act two years ago and today we are seeing the strongest job numbers in two years. This is what happens when jobs creation is Congress' top priority. The first bill in the Democrat-controlled Congress stopped the nation's hemorrhaging of hundreds of thousands of jobs every month and built the foundation of today's very positive jobs report. The first bill the Republican leadership proposed after they took control takes an arbitrary slash and burn approach that risks the loss of 700,000 jobs by next year, 20,600 of them in my home state of New Jersey. I call upon the members of this Congress to once again make jobs creation our top priority again and continue this month's economic momentum."