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Herger Statement on Rising Unemployment Rate


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Wally Herger (R-CA) today released the following statement regarding the latest unemployment report released by the U.S. Department of Labor:

"I'm deeply disappointed by today's jobs report. The national unemployment rate has risen to 9.2%, over fourteen million people are without jobs, and job creation is virtually stagnant. Behind these troubling figures are heart-wrenching stories of Americans out of work for months, sometimes years, who are struggling to put food on the table and pay their mortgage. My heart goes out to Northern Californians and our fellow citizens across our nation who are struggling to find work.

"President Obama has chosen to steer our economy through massive spending, excessive regulations, and a consistent threat of tax increases that continue to stand in the way of job creation. Now the President is asking for an increase to our debt limit after offering a budget that ignored the debt crisis to the point that not a single Senator--Republican or Democrat alike--voted for it when it was considered on the Senate floor. Left unchecked, President Obama's policies will only lengthen the streak of twenty-nine months with unemployment over 8%. It's no wonder that the number one focus of the American people is jobs, jobs, jobs.

"House Republicans have been listening and I am supporting a strong, jobs driven agenda that will get America back to work and help put our economy on the right track. Now is not the time to be adding to the burdens with higher taxes and overregulation -- it is time for policies that support America's entrepreneurs and working families. Republicans have stepped up to the plate and offered solutions that will do just that. I urge the President and Congressional Democrats to join us in getting America back on the path to prosperity."

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