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Camp Statement on January Jobs Report

February 01, 2013

Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released the following statement in reaction to the January jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor.  A net total of 157,000 jobs were created, and the unemployment rate for January increased to 7.9 percent.
“This report and the fact that GDP was negative in the 4th quarter confirms just how weak the economy has stayed under President Obama’s watch.  It makes you question even more why the President eliminated his jobs council yesterday.  It is time Washington started working for hardworking taxpayers, instead of throwing up more barriers to job creation and higher wages.  We should start with comprehensive tax reform that makes the tax code simpler and fairer by eliminating special interest loopholes and allows employers to hire more workers.  Congress and the President owe it to the more than 12 million unemployed looking for work in this country to engage in this important effort.”