Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after the Department of Labor issued the October unemployment report:
"Today's unemployment numbers only confirm what we in Virginia's 5th District know: the big government, tax and spend policies that we have seen from Washington over the past four years have only served to limit job creation at a time when we need it most. We must change course.
"The President continues to propose growing the government to solve our jobs crisis. But House Republicans know that it is our Main Street businesses that grow our economy and create jobs -- not the federal government. We in the House have adopted a pro-growth plan that will get 5th District Virginians back to work. Our plan will help create the jobs we need by reforming our tax code and reducing job-destroying uncertainty, leading on a reasonable and responsible energy policy to keep costs low, and ensuring commonsense regulatory reform to remove federal barriers, such as the President's health care law, which crush our Main street businesses.
"At a time when many places in our district have struggled with double-digit unemployment over the last four years, it is clear that we are headed in the wrong direction. That is why the House has proposed a different course forward that reduces the size and scope of the federal government and restores faith in the American people to create the jobs that we need. It is my hope that when we return to Washington this month the Senate and the President will step up to the plate at a time when the American people are counting on us to adopt policies that will boost our economy and restore full employment across Virginia's 5th District and this country."