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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

Hultgren Statement On Dismal June Unemployment Report

Jul 8, 2011
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement regarding the June unemployment report released by the U.S. Department of Labor.

“Today's dismal unemployment report is unsurprising and another reminder that President Obama’s excessive spending, unprecedented debt and over-regulation – as well as his threats to raise taxes on job creators – is holding back private sector job-creation and our economy," said Hultgren. "Unemployment has remained stuck above eight percent for 29 months in a row, the longest since the Great Depression, and underemployment has surpassed 16 percent. This means 20 million Americans remain unemployed, are only working part-time, or have stopped looking for jobs altogether, and this is absolutely unacceptable.

"America’s job creators remain very, very uncertain about what sort of regulatory and fiscal environment they’re going to face, and until they have that certainty they will not invest or hire. That’s why the House has worked so hard to bring back that certainty and ensure a pro-growth economic environment through reasonable regulations, less spending, and low taxes.

"We can take immediate action today if the President sends us the Free Trade Agreements that have been negotiated with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. Passing these agreements will create new American jobs, and will also open new markets for American products, especially agricultural products. In addition, I call on the Senate to consider four pro-jobs bills approved by the House earlier this year that would expand domestic energy production, creating jobs and helping to reduce the price of gas."