WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement on the national unemployment report for the month of December:
“While it is welcome news that more jobs were created in December, millions of Americans still can’t find work and small businesses are struggling to grow and hire. Giving small businesses confidence to expand, create jobs, and get people working again requires a long term solution for economic growth, not simply stops and starts. Going into the New Year, we must find areas of common ground and work together to deliver results on the most important issue facing our nation: the lack of long term job creation. We will continue fighting for small business men and women by making it easier for them to expand, invest and hire new workers.
“In a time of divided government, campaign-year political wins should not get in the way of doing the right thing. Democrats in Congress and the President need to work with us to make incremental progress on areas of agreement that will help create jobs for middle class Americans and spur small business growth. I again call on Leader Reid and Senate Democrats to take up the 27 House-passed bipartisan jobs bills that pave the way for job creation and include ideas supported by President Obama. These bipartisan measures ensure American businesses – small and large – can create jobs at home and compete abroad.
“While the White House has made clear that they do not intend to work constructively with Congress in the coming session as the President moves into fulltime campaign mode, House Republicans stand ready to work together. With millions of Americans out of work, we must move past the gridlock that has become the hallmark of Washington. It’s time to put aside partisanship and focus on areas of common ground to help small businesses and middle class families.”