From Eric Cantor
September 4, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the U.S. economy lost 216,000 jobs in August, raising the unemployment rate to 9.7%, the highest level in twenty-six years:
“Since President Obama signed his stimulus bill into law, nearly 2.5 million people have lost their jobs. In the eyes of the American people, that is not success. Families across the country are struggling to cut costs and cope with a tough job market, and they see a massive disconnect between that reality and the President’s agenda.
“Beginning in January, House Republicans laid out a serious and substantive agenda that put jobs first, but unfortunately House Democrats, along with the White House, instead took an unfocused, ‘go it alone’ approach. In January, the Administration argued that immediate action was needed to stop job losses and ‘jolt’ the economy in the short term, and the stimulus has failed on both of those fronts.
“Washington cannot afford mistakes that cost Americans hundreds of billions of dollars and pile debt upon our children. Instead, we should put partisanship aside and prioritize the way Washington spends your money by putting an end to lower priority and sometimes wasteful spending and instead using those funds to responsibly pay down our debt.”