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July 8-- U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-09) issued the following statement in response to the Department of Labor’s June jobs report, which said unemployment in America rose to 9.2% last month, with 14.1 million Americans looking for work:

“One year after Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner welcomed Americans to ‘Recovery Summer,’ the Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate has increased again, and hiring by companies last month was the weakest since May 2010.  Despite assurances that millions of jobs were to come from the greatest expansion of government in American history, the unemployment rate has been near or above nine percent for over two years. 

“President Obama’s economic policy of spending, regulation, and debt has failed America, and we are now in an era of record-setting joblessness.  How much more evidence does President Obama need to understand that businesses can’t expand and grow under these conditions? It’s time for a new vision that focuses on private sector growth and limited government. 

“This year, House Republicans introduced a major plan and passed multiple bills to create jobs.  Our focus is on preventing tax increases, eliminating existing and emerging regulations, expanding American energy production, and ending the debt crisis.  We need the President to get on board with this new vision so we can stabilize this economy and set the stage for the private sector’s long-term economic expansion.  There are 14.1 million unemployed Americans who can’t wait for President Obama any longer.”