WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement on the July jobs report:
“Unemployment is far too high, manufacturers are struggling, and consumer spending is down. While a slight improvement from last month, today’s jobs report shows that our economy is ailing and we must push pro-growth polices to get back on track so that businesses can begin to hire and people can get back to work. The recent debt limit agreement was an important step forward for our country and accomplished needed reforms without raising taxes on working families and small businesses. However, upon signing this bipartisan package, President Obama renewed his call for tax increases – while at the same time saying he would focus on creating jobs. The President can’t have it both ways. Raising taxes on the very small businesses we are counting on to create jobs is exactly the wrong prescription for economic growth – and a call for tax hikes shows the President remains out of touch on these tough economic issues.
“In contrast, House Republicans have put forth a robust jobs plan that will spur economic growth and provide an environment where businesses have the confidence to grow and hire again. With millions of Americans out of work, I hope the President and his party will join us on real growth measures that will empower private sector job creators, instead of playing political games and leaving millions of America jobs hanging in the balance.”