House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today regarding the Department of Labor's unemployment report for January 2013:
"This is the wrong time for President Obama to scrap his jobs council and delay his budget. Month after month we see the same thing: high unemployment and even more debt. More than 12 million Americans are still unemployed, and it's been that way for far too long. If government spending were what causes economic growth, as the president believes, then the economy today should be booming, and the unemployment rate in America should be plummeting.
"Instead of accepting sluggish job growth as the new normal, we need to work together to grow our economy, address our debt crisis, and expand opportunity for all Americans. In the weeks ahead, Republicans will outline another budget that addresses our spending problem and promotes robust job creation. And with our "no budget, no pay' initiative, we've made sure Senate Democrats will do the same or they won't get a paycheck. Anyone who's paying more at the gas pump and the grocery store under the Obama administration, or who's lost a job or is underemployed, knows the importance of balancing a budget - the Democrats running Washington need to do so as well."