House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor released a report showing an unemployment rate of 9 percent in October – the 33rd consecutive month where unemployment exceeded eight percent:
“Today’s report underscores the need for immediate action on the more than 15 bipartisan, common-sense House-passed jobs bills that are piled up at Senate Democrats’ door. Senate Democrats are out of excuses and the president must call on them to act. The House has voted to remove government obstacles to desperately needed jobs -- and we’ve done it in a bipartisan way. At a time when these bipartisan jobs bills are stalled in the Senate, it is unacceptable for the White House to be anything less than 100 percent engaged in the legislative process.
“All of the stalled jobs bills passed by the House have bipartisan support, and some are even backed by the Obama administration. There’s no reason for the Democrat-controlled Senate to delay these bills a second longer. I urge the president to call on Senate Democrats to bring these bipartisan bills to a vote immediately.
“More than two years after the ‘stimulus’ was enacted the American people are still asking the question, ‘where are the jobs?’ It’s time to close the book on the failed ‘stimulus’ era in Washington, and start working together to remove the government barriers holding back robust private-sector job creation and long-term economic growth.”
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