Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released the following statement in reaction to the June jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor. A net total of 80,000 jobs were created, and the unemployment rate for June was unchanged, remaining at 8.2 percent.
“Today’s lackluster jobs report is the latest in a string of economic data that should serve as a wake up call for President Obama and the Democrats who control Washington. As our country teeters on the brink of another recession, they are celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold their health care law, which imposes billions of dollars in new taxes on struggling families and job creators. At the same time, they refuse to join Republicans to stop the tax hike, which means a tax increase at the end of the year for every taxpayer. That tax increase will turn the fiscal cliff into a jobs cliff. That is why House Republicans will act this month to extend low-tax policies originally enacted in 2001 and 2003 and extended with bipartisan support in 2010, while laying the groundwork for comprehensive job-creating tax reform. I urge Democrats to act responsibly and join us in that effort now rather than playing a game of chicken with the American economy at the end of the year.”