House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today released the following statement regarding the latest unemployment figures released by the U.S. Department of Labor:

“Any improvement in the jobs picture is welcome news for the country, but Washington needs to do more to end the uncertainty plaguing job creators. That means getting control of government spending, ending the threat of tax hikes, removing regulatory obstacles to job growth, and approving stalled trade agreements that would open new markets for American exports. These are the pillars of the Republican plan to help our economy get back to creating jobs, and it has been the focus of our new majority in the House.

“Excessive government spending continues to create economic uncertainty, erode confidence in our economy and crowd out the investment that fuels private-sector job creation. The House passed a bill more than 40 days ago that would cut spending and fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year to help end some of the uncertainty. But Senate Democrats have done nothing – except root for a government shutdown – and the White House has called for a job-destroying $1.5 trillion tax hike in its budget. They just don’t get it.

“Republicans are listening to the American people and focused on their top priority: creating jobs.  By cutting spending and encouraging private-sector investment, expanding American energy production to address rising gas prices, reining in excessive government regulations and mandates, and removing barriers to job growth like ObamaCare, we can create a better environment for private-sector job growth. These are the reforms the American people are demanding, and our new majority is listening and working to deliver.”

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