U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today released the following statement on the June jobs report showing a surge in part-time work as the number of Americans working full-time fell:
"As we celebrated our nation's independence yesterday, we were reminded of the genius of our Founders and the freedoms, opportunities and prosperity we have enjoyed as Americans. Unfortunately, we were reminded with the jobs report today that those opportunities and that prosperity are eluding increasing numbers of our fellow Americans as they are unable to find full-time work that pays the bills. We just learned that last month there was a surge in part-time work as the number of Americans working full-time fell. This is particularly concerning because as Obamacare is being implemented there is even more pressure on workers to move from full-time to part-time jobs.
"In order to put Americans back to work, encourage innovation, allow small businesses to grow, and keep the American dream alive, Washington should be passing pro-growth policies that will jump start the economy. In addition to replacing Obamacare, Washington should tackle comprehensive tax, entitlement, worker training, trade, and regulatory reform to reduce barriers to growth, increase America's global competitiveness and bring back good jobs.
"Earlier this week, President Obama announced that he would delay the Obamacare mandate for businesses for one year, but employers still know the mandate is coming and, without a change in the policy, there will continue to be pressure on workers to go part-time. Rather than delaying the bill for business, the President should delay the bill for everyone. The American people deserve health care reform that works, not reform that causes higher costs and less coverage."