The press releases which follow are in the order in which they arrived:
Rep. Manzullo Issues Statement on November’s Jobs Report
[WASHINGTON] – Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) issued the following statement this morning in response to the November jobs report. The Labor Department reported that 120,000 jobs were created in November and the national unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent, although the Illinois unemployment rate is at 10.1 percent:
“We expected to see some job growth as the stores staffed up for holiday shopping. While the latest jobs report offered minimal gains, it’s always nice to see people returning to work. But we must do much more. Employment in manufacturing has remained essentially unchanged since July and the number of jobs in construction has shown little change, on net, since early 2010.
“My American Jobs Agenda would go a long way to help our employers expand and create jobs that have the greatest potential to generate output and jobs from other sectors of our economy.
“The uncertainty our employers face over their tax liabilities and health care costs continues to discourage job creation in this weak economy. The President needs to stop threatening tax increases that will put more Americans on the unemployment lines. We need to work with our employers to help them create jobs by reducing their cost of doing business as well as eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens that stifle growth. A great start would be for the Senate to stop stalling and act on the 25 jobs bills the House approved earlier this year that the Senate continues to ignore. We need to send these bills to the President so we can give our employers the confidence they need to put Americans back to work.”
Hultgren Statement On the November Jobs Report
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement regarding the November unemployment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“Our nation’s jobless rate has now been stuck at or above 8 percent for 34 straight months and at 9 percent or higher for 28 of those months,” said Hultgren.
“While the unemployment rate in November dropped, it’s important to remember the main driver for that: 315,000 Americans who gave up looking for work and therefore cannot be counted as unemployed. In fact, those exiting the workforce last month greatly outnumbered those who found jobs, which is a troublesome sign for the future.”
“Clearly the current economic policies have failed and we need an immediate change in direction. That’s why the House Republicans have passed, and will continue to pass, pro-growth, pro-jobs bills that will restore the confidence our nation’s job creators need to build, invest, expand, and put Americans back to work.
“Unfortunately, more than 20 of those bills, which would lower taxes, restore reasonable regulations, reduce spending, and create a smaller, less intrusive federal government, continue to languish in the do-nothing Senate which refuses to address the needs of unemployed Americans.”
Roskam Statement on House Passage of Latest Jobs Bill
WASHINGTON – Chief Deputy Majority Whip Peter Roskam (IL-06) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3010, the Regulatory Accountability Act, the twenty-fifth House-passed jobs bill sitting in the U.S. Senate.
“Small businesses are the engines of our economy, yet Washington continues to burden them with excessive regulations that only make it harder to survive, let alone grow.
“The Regulatory Accountability Act, would enact stronger transparency, accountability, and cost-benefit requirements for new Washington regulations – the latest in a series of steps to help get Washington off the backs of job creators. House Republicans have now passed twenty-five bills just sitting in the Senate, all of which would remove barriers to job creation and grow this economy. It’s long past time for Senate Democrats to stop blocking these jobs bills. Just imagine how dynamic our economy could be if all twenty-five became law.”
What Local Job Creators Are Saying About the Regulatory Accountability Act
Chicago White Metal President and CEO Eric Treiber
“Chicago White Metal supports the responsible development of regulations that are intended to apply to American businesses, and specifically American manufacturing. We believe that the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011 (H.R. 3010), will help insure that burdensome and onerous regulations are not unnecessarily imposed on the business community.”
Domtar Vice President of Government Relations Thomas Howard
“As a major North American forest products manufacturer, we recognize our federal government’s responsibility to promulgate appropriate regulations to protect our society. A stable and predictable regulatory environment is needed to provide that capital investment is made consistently and efficiently. As we engage in spending planning, we need to do so in a coordinated and complementary manner. H.R. 3010 is an important step in meeting this goal.”
Boise Inc. Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Virginia Aulin
“This legislation will help give businesses the certainty it needs to provide economic growth by enhancing the regulatory process. An important objective of this legislation would be to expand public participation before regulations even are proposed,” Ms. Aulin stated.
Rep. Walsh: The Time to Get Serious about Job Creation is Long Overdue
WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Joe Walsh released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor and Statistics announced the unemployment rate remains above eight percent.
Walsh stated: “Our economic crisis is far from over. The U.S. unemployment rate has remained above eight percent for the past thirty-four months, and this month alone roughly 315,000 Americans left the workforce and gave up hope that they will actually find jobs. Long term unemployment is the highest it has been in years. It is time for the President to get serious about creating jobs and not just keeping his job.
“The President and his liberal allies continue to think that higher taxes, overregulation, and more stimulus spending are the solution to this economic mess. They’re wrong; it doesn’t work. Washington needs to get big government out of the way and let the private sector create jobs and grow. The House has passed over twenty of these jobs bills while the Senate has yet to pass even one of them.
“As Chairman of the Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access, I know firsthand that we need to get big government out of the way and let small businesses grow and create jobs. Big government and liberal policies are strangling American small businesses and the American people are the ones suffering.”