WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement on the March jobs report:
“Today’s unemployment numbers show an uptick in new jobs which is an encouraging sign that businesses are beginning to grow. Even with this good news, far too many people remain out of work and we need to continue our efforts in Washington to foster pro-growth policies that will help businesses small and large to innovate and expand. Along these lines, House Republicans are committed to an aggressive pro-growth agenda that includes comprehensive reform of our tax code, reducing trade barriers, fixing our faulty patent approval system and reforming our immigration system to ensure the best and the brightest are able to stay in our country to work and boost economic growth. We will also focus on other ways to encourage start-ups and gazelle companies, those three to five years old that create roughly 10 percent of all new jobs in this country. All of these elements will help to make Washington a partner to businessmen and women rather than acting as a barrier as it has for the last four years.
“Furthermore, House Republicans are committed to getting our fiscal house in order so that the economic instability caused by our debt and deficit crisis won’t plague us in the future. Soon, we will put forward a budget for the coming fiscal year that implements serious spending cuts and addresses our entitlement programs, so that they can be preserved for future generations. While we are tackling our nation’s debt head-on and making Washington begin to live within its means, the Democrats’ only plan for fiscal responsibility is to raise taxes on the American people so they can keep spending money hand over fist. Raising taxes is irresponsible and the opposite of what we need at a time when so many people remain out of work and could throw our economy in reverse. Instead of taking our country backward, hopefully there will be some bipartisan agreement on the need to create an environment where businesses will start hiring, people can get back to work and America can continue to innovate, compete and lead.”