WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement regarding the August jobs report:
"These numbers show that America is still facing a jobs crisis. Millions upon millions of Americans remain out of work – some for far too long of a time – and we must work to foster an environment that makes it easier for small businesses and entrepreneurs to grow and create jobs. For the past eight months, House Republicans have been squarely focused on common sense proposals to create jobs and grow the economy. We put forward our Plan for America’s Job Creators including specific proposals to spur economic growth, and our fall legislative agenda will focus on repealing unnecessary job-destroying federal regulations that are stifling the ability of businesses small and large to grow and hire. Unfortunately, aside from more-of-the-same failed stimulus spending and tax increases on working families and small businesses, Congressional Democrats have not offered any solutions to our nation’s jobs crisis. And while the House has passed nearly a dozen pro-growth bills, the Senate refuses to act on any of these job creating measures.
"Next week, President Obama will finally unveil his latest jobs plan, and I believe there will be areas where we can work together to produce real results that will help job creators get people back to work. The President is expected to include infrastructure investment in his plan. The Administration’s previous attempts at this didn’t produce the expected results, and we must be mindful not to repeat the mistakes of the past. But we would agree with President Obama’s suggestion earlier this week to give states more control over infrastructure projects and eliminate wasteful spending through reforms to current law, which will boost economic growth without increasing spending. For example, eliminating the requirement that states must set aside 10 percent of federal surface transportation funds for transportation museums, education, and preservation would allow states to devote these monies to high-priority infrastructure projects, without adding to the deficit. Reforming the unemployment system is another area of commonality where we can assist those in need and help get unemployed Americans back to work. In fact, in December of 2009, we presented a jobs plan to President Obama suggesting the “Georgia Works” program as a potential model for getting Americans back to work, and we stand ready to work with him if there is interest in implementing a similar program on the federal level.
"With a stalled economy and millions of Americans out of work, we must come together and unite behind the notion that we want to grow this economy, put in place policies that allow small businesses expand and hire, and let America be the country where businesses and families can go out and earn their success. The President says he wants to put job creation first and put politics aside. We agree. It is a two way street, and if the President is willing to roll up his sleeves and join us in helping get Americans back to work, we are ready to work together."