WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today regarding the Department of Labor’s unemployment report for May 2012:

“President Obama’s failed policies have made high unemployment and a weak economy the sad new normal for families and small businesses. For three years the unemployment rate has remained far above what the administration predicted with the ‘stimulus’ spending binge. Half of recent college graduates are out of work or underemployed, and for those lucky enough to have a job, prices for everything from gas to groceries have risen faster than paychecks.

“But the American people don’t have to accept the president’s new normal of fewer jobs and higher prices. Republicans have a Plan for America’s Job Creators designed to remove the government barriers holding back economic growth and hurting job creation. The House has passed more than 30 jobs bills to expand energy production and approve popular projects like Keystone XL, eliminate excessive federal red tape, repeal laws like ObamaCare that are making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers, and more.

“While Senate Democrats are blocking these and other important jobs bills, and President Obama is occupied campaigning, the House will continue to focus on liberating job creators and building a stronger economy for all Americans. In the weeks ahead, we will vote to repeal ObamaCare’s medical device tax, impose a moratorium on new federal regulations, and stop the tax hike on small businesses that is scheduled to hit on January 1, 2013. The American people are still asking, ‘where are the jobs?’ Republicans are listening. It’s time for President Obama and Senate Democrats to stop playing games and start listening too.”

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