WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement on the national employment numbers for the month of November:
“During the holidays, it’s always comforting to see an uptick in seasonal hiring, but far too many people still remain out of work and the economy still faces systemic problems. Unemployment has remained high and economic uncertainty has prevailed because of the constant threat of tax increases from Washington Democrats and the Obama Administration. And, as we move into the holiday season, working families, individuals and small business owners are feeling the effects of a stalled economy and a stagnant job market as holiday giving and travel stretches tight budgets even further.
“The House continues to pass bipartisan jobs bills, but we need the President and his party to work with us to promote business growth and hiring right away. Time and again, I’ve heard small businessmen and women say that tax and regulatory uncertainty are preventing them from investing, growing their businesses and hiring new workers. Despite the needs of job creators, the President and Senate Democrats continue to ignore common sense efforts to remove burdensome regulations and promote an environment for job creation. To date, the House has passed more than 20 bipartisan jobs bills, but unfortunately our colleagues in the Senate are much more interested in political show votes than working together to improve the economy.
“Since his jobs speech in September, the President has said that he wants to work with Congress. When we work to find common ground, we’ve been successful at producing results – we saw this with the passage of our patent reform bill, the trade agreements, our 3% withholding repeal and veterans jobs package. I hope that as we approach the start of a new year, we can all commit ourselves to finding common ground, cooperating, and making incremental progress on areas of agreement.”