Congressman Rick Berg issued the following statement today in response to the latest unemployment report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Today's report shows that the national unemployment rate remains at 8.2 percent. This is the 41st straight month that unemployment remains over 8 percent.
"Today's report showing unemployment remaining over 8 percent for the 41st straight month is completely unacceptable," stated Berg. "Worse, when including the number of Americans who have dropped out of the work force completely and individuals working part-time because they cannot find full-time employment, the unemployment rate would be 14.9 percent. We need to be doing all that we can to get Americans back to work, create jobs and grow our economy, instead of pursuing a big government agenda that burdens our job creators with more uncertainty. If the President and his Democratic allies in the Senate would simply look at North Dakota, they would realize that jobs come from small businesses -- not big government."
As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Berg has worked to limit government regulation on American small businesses by co-sponsoring the REINS Act and the TRAIN Act, which require all new regulations to receive approval from Congress and would ensure that the costs of all new regulations are assessed before implementation. Berg also serves as a member of the Congressional Job Creators Caucus and launched his R.E.G.S. Agenda, which serves as a path forward to reduce President Obama's regulatory overreach and empower the states.
Over the last year, the House has passed nearly 30 bipartisan, job-creating bills that the Democrat-controlled Senate has refused to take up for a vote. These bills would empower small business owners, reduce the regulatory burdens that hurt job creation and business growth, and encourage the growth of America's energy sector.