Friday, March 6, 2009

Boehner Statement on February Jobs Report

After this morning’s release of the U.S. Labor Department’s monthly employment report, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement:

“As this recession worsens and the job market slumps further, the anxiety of middle-class families is deepening. Yet, even as Americans’ job prospects grow dimmer, their savings evaporate, and their budgets tighten, Washington Democrats seem more determined than ever to continue pursuing tax hikes and pork-barrel spending increases that are only proving to make matters worse.

“The American people want and deserve better solutions from both parties in Washington, and they expect us to work together to make the same tough budget choices they are being forced to make during this economic downturn. The $410 billion omnibus spending bill loaded with 9,000 unscrutinized taxpayer-funded earmarks is a textbook example of why Americans have grown so fed up with Washington. President Obama campaigned against wasteful spending last year and has renewed commitment to fight it now that he is in office. I hope he will follow through on that promise by vetoing this legislation if it passes the Senate and working with House Republicans to enact a spending freeze for the remainder of this fiscal year. Republicans are committed to working with the President and our Democratic colleagues in Congress to craft better solutions to help put Americans back to work, rebuild their savings, and gain confidence in our economy once again.”

NOTE: The $410 billion “omnibus” spending bill failed to pass the Senate last night, with a vote expected as soon as next week. The legislation includes 9,000 taxpayer-funded earmarks and represents the largest discretionary spending increase since the Carter Administration, aside from a brief increase after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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