Illinois Congressmen Roskam, Walsh, Dold, Hultgren Respond to Latest Jobs Numbers

-By Warner Todd Huston

Four Illinois Congressmen released statements on the dismal jobs numbers released by the federal government this week. Congressmen Peter Roskam (R, 6th District), Joe Walsh (R, 8th District), Robert Dold (R, 10th District), and Randy Hultgren (14th District) each expressed disappointment in the numbers released.

Roskam Statement on May Jobs Report

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on the May Jobs Report:

“Following the news that the U.S. economy grew more slowly in the first quarter than first estimated, today’s absolutely anemic jobs report shows that this is the recovery that wasn’t. Make no mistake, this is what the American people are focused on: jobs and the economy—not campaign gimmicks and distractions.

“From the looming threat of the largest tax hike in history, to an energy policy that still puts us at the mercy of fluctuating gas prices, the private sector looks on the horizon and sees nothing but uncertainty. The policies of the last three years have failed the millions of Americans still out of work. It is time the White House and Senate Democrats join with House Republicans in removing barriers to job growth, and unleashing the recovery that is still possible.”

Congressman Joe Walsh on latest jobs numbers: “We are better than this”

The latest jobs numbers from the Labor Department show the economy only created 69,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate rising to 8.2% from 8.1%. These latest statistics add to the fears of many that the economy continues to falter.

In response, Congressman Joe Walsh stated, “We are better than this. Democrats in Washington and my opponent, Tammy Duckworth, continue to push for higher taxes and more regulations on job creators, while businesses are still struggling to hire Americans who need work.”

Walsh continued, “People in the 8th district are hurting. More individuals will lose their home this year than last year. We need to get our nation’s fiscal house in order, remove the threat Obamacare poses to small businesses and keep taxes low to give job creators the confidence they need to do what they do best: get our economy moving forward again.”

Rep. Dold on the Latest Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Robert J. Dold (IL-10) released a video statement on the latest jobs report, where unemployment climbed to 8.2%, and spoke of the need to pass bipartisan solutions to spur the economy.

Hultgren Statement on Disappointing May Unemployment Report

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) made the following statement after this morning’s announcement that May unemployment in the U.S. rose to 8.2 percent:

“I’m not sure what it will take for the Senate to finally consider the 27 jobs bills the House has already passed. Recent graduates are walking off the commencement stage and into a daunting economic environment, and one out of every two will be unemployed or underemployed. It’s time to stop playing election year politics with our students’ futures.”

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