WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement in response to the Department of Labor’s unemployment report for October 2014:

“While it’s welcome news that more people found work last month, wages remain stubbornly flat while costs continue to rise, squeezing middle class families and putting the American Dream further out of reach.  We’re listening, and we’ll continue making Americans’ priorities our priorities by advancing solutions to strengthen the economy, lower costs, and expand opportunity. 

“The House has acted on many common-sense, bipartisan jobs bills only to see them stalled in the Democratic-led Senate.  Those days are over.  January will bring the opportunity to start making a real difference in the lives of struggling families.  It is up to President Obama to start listening, and work with the new Congress to get things done.”

NOTE: Speaker Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) authored an op-ed earlier this week signaling Republicans’ continued focus on jobs and the economy in the new Congress, and highlighting several bills that represent a starting point for bipartisan action on the part of Congress and the White House. Read it here.  In addition, Speaker Boehner has put forth a five-point roadmap for harnessing America’s energy boom and resetting the foundation of our economy by fixing our tax code, solving our spending problem, reforming our legal system, reforming our regulatory system, and improving our children’s education.