Republicans Pounce on Jobs Data: 'People Are Simply Giving Up and Losing Hope'

Joe Schoffstall
By Joe Schoffstall | April 5, 2013 | 12:21 PM EDT

Republicans in Congress were quick to pounce on President Obama and his economic policies after the release of the latest employment numbers showing 663,000 more people dropped out of the labor force.

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) said today's numbers are further proof Obama's economic policies are not working.

"Today's jobs report is further evidence that the President's economic policies are failing the American people.  His policies are an impediment to job creation and economic growth - and as a result, nearly half a million people have stopped looking for work. "

Vice Chairman of the Budget Committee, Tom Price, added, "Today's jobs report reminds us that the policies championed by President Obama and Senate Democrats continue to cause harm to our economy, to America's workers and to their families. After trillions of dollars in debt spent on failed stimulus programs, destructive government regulations like the president's health care law and preferential industry bailouts, millions of Americans are still without work and millions more have given up looking for work all-together."

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said it's time for the president to stop making excuses and start working together on common sense solutions.

"Today's jobs report is disappointing. As former Obama economic advisor Austan Goolsbee said, 'This is a punch to the gut.' Our economy is not creating enough jobs, and too many working men and women are still in the unemployment line. And this is the lowest workforce participation rate since 1979. Sadly, people are simply giving up, and losing hope," said Cantor.

He added, "For months, we've heard plenty of excuses from the White House and Congressional Democrats for why unemployment remains high. It's time to stop making excuses and start working together on common sense solutions to address our lingering unemployment problem, and the stagnant economy."

Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise (R-La.) likened the situation to the "malaise" of the Carter era:

"Today's weak unemployment report includes the lowest workforce participation since 1979 when Americans were dealing with the economic malaise of the Jimmy Carter years, and nearly 40 percent of those currently unemployed have been out of work for more than 27 weeks," Scalise said.

"More Americans have given up looking for work, yet President Obama continues to turn his back on common-sense proposals to create high-paying U.S. jobs.  That's a failure of leadership, and American families deserve better than this failed Obama economy."

Scalise offered a plan for stimulating job growth: approve the Keystone piples, cut taxes - and repeal Obamacare"

"More must be done to reverse years of damage by the Obama administration.  If the liberals in Washington truly want to help create American jobs, the President should approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, cut harmful taxes and radical regulations that are killing jobs, and repeal Obamacare.

"The American people want government to get out of the way and they want the President to green light common-sense projects like Keystone XL that will create jobs and promote growth here at home. Our nation won't fully rebound from the failed Obama economy until the President finally starts working with Congress to create jobs, control spending and get our nation on the path to a balanced budget."

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