Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Roskam Statement on January Jobs Report

Feb 4, 2011
Press Release

Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Majority, issued the following statement after the Department of Labor released their January Jobs Report.

President Obama and Democrats promised that if we just spent a trillion on the 'stimulus', unemployment would stay below eight percent. Two years later, unemployment remains at nine percent, and our economy is still feeling the effects of the Democrats' spending binge that brought trillions in debt, but not jobs. The 21st consecutive month of unemployment levels above nine percent is proof enough that it's time to enact Republican plans to cut spending and regulation to grow jobs.

In November, House Republicans refused to allow massive tax increases, returning certainty to the marketplace with the tax agreement – clearly helping our economic recovery. Job creation continues to be Republicans' number one priority. Regrettably, President Obama and Democrats are stuck in the past – calling now for more government 'investment' – also known as more 'stimulus'.

That is not a way forward. More stimulus spending is a path to ensuring our economy doesn't create jobs the way it can. I urge President Obama and Democrats to heed the call of Americans and join House Republicans in our continued focused efforts to cut government spending and regulations so our economy will create private sector jobs.