Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), Chief Deputy Whip, issued the following statement after the Department of Labor released their March jobs report:
"These numbers continue to show that our economy is moving in the right direction but not recovering nearly fast enough. For the millions of Americans still out of work, today is just one more painful reminder that Washington's rampant borrowing and spending has grown our debt, but not jobs. Yet even as the borrow, tax, and spend policies severely hurt our economy, Senate Democrats continue to put politics ahead of policy -- refusing sensible spending cuts -- and rooting for a shutdown.
"That spending mentality, coupled with a constant drive to raise taxes, is a recipe for sustained economic disaster. It's evident in Illinois where major employers -- most recently Caterpillar and Jimmy John's -- signal that Illinois' new job-crushing tax increases may force them to relocate to better business environments. We can't expect the private sector to create jobs when faced with the highest corporate tax rate in the world, a $14 trillion national debt, and the constant threat of new Washington regulations and taxes. That's why Republicans are focused on removing barriers to job creation by stopping Washington from spending money it doesn't have, and implementing policies like fundamental tax reform, no-cost free trade agreements, and reform of harmful bureaucrat-driven regulations."