Speaker John Boehner issued the following statement in response to a weaker-than-expected March jobs report that showed the economy adding 120,000 jobs:
“Today’s report shows that families and small businesses are still struggling to get by because of President Obama’s failed economic policies. Unemployment is far too high, paychecks are shrinking, gas prices are rising faster than ever, and our debt now exceeds the size of our entire economy. Unfortunately, the president is refusing to get serious about addressing our fiscal and economic challenges. His budget, which would raise taxes and put us further in debt to China, did not pick up a single vote in the House, and he continues to push higher taxes as the antidote to higher gas prices.
“Hardworking taxpayers know there’s a better way, and it starts with building our economy around the people, not the government. Republicans have a jobs plan – and a budget – that cuts spending, fixes our tax code, addresses excessive regulations, and expands American energy production through projects like the Keystone XL pipeline. We invite the president and his fellow Democrats who run Washington to join us in acting on common ground that would help the private sector put people back to work.
“There’s no question Americans are working as hard as ever to create new jobs and opportunities despite all the obstacles government is throwing in their way. Just think what could be achieved if Washington started being part of the solution instead of the problem and took steps to liberate the world’s greatest economy from the shackles of big government.”