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Camp Statement on September Jobs Report

October 07, 2011

Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released the following statement in reaction to the September jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor.  A total of only 103,000 jobs were created in September and the unemployment rate remains at 9.1 percent.

“The President wants to take more money from the American people so Washington can spend it.  That is the same ineffective approach that he has repeatedly tried, and it clearly has not worked and will not get Americans back to work.  The fact that our unemployment rate remains this high – over two and a half years after Democrats’ trillion-dollar stimulus plan – is a clear signal that we need to change course.  In the last week, we have begun to do just that.  Because Republicans and Democrats worked together, the President will soon have the opportunity to sign into law three long-pending, job-creating trade agreements – each of which will open new markets where Americans can sell our goods and services.  I urge the President to build on that success by setting aside his recent calls for more taxes and work with Congress to get this economy back on track.”

NOTE: Throughout his campaign and much of his presidency, Barack Obama has repeatedly called for higher taxes on American families, small businesses and investors, despite once telling NBC News that, “[T]he last thing you want to do is to raise taxes in the middle of a recession because that would just suck up [and] take more demand out of the economy and put businesses in a further hole.”  Today, unfortunately, the President is back at it when he should be remembering what he told NBC News and his own actions last December to prevent job-killing tax hikes.