Boehner: ‘Where Are the Jobs?’

By Susan Jones | July 8, 2011 | 9:48 AM EDT

President Barack Obama, then-House Minority Leader John Boehner (R.-Ohio), and then-House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D.-Md.) at a Fiscal Responsibility Summit at the White House in February 2009. (AP file photo)

( - House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the June unemployment rate, which ticked up to 9.2 percent, “is more evidence that the misguided ‘stimulus’ spending binge, excessive regulations, and an overwhelming national debt continue to hold back private-sector job creation in our country.”

The American people, he said, are still asking, “Where are the jobs?”

“Legislation that raises taxes on small business job creators, fails to cut spending by a larger amount than a debt limit hike, or fails to restrain future spending will only make things worse – and won’t pass the House,” Boehner said.

His statement continued: “Republicans are focused on jobs and are ready to stop Washington from spending money it doesn’t have and make serious changes to the way we spend taxpayer dollars. We hope our Democratic counterparts will join us and seize this opportunity to do something big for our economy and our future, and help get Americans back to work.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said if you want to know why the debt negotiations led by Vice President Joe Biden broke down – the unemployment situation is part of the answer.

“If you look at the jobs report and the results of current policy and where we are in this economy, that’s why the Biden talks had to end – because the discussion in those talks turned to the other side insisting that we raise taxes. Now it just does not make sense for Americans to suffer under higher taxes in an economy like this. And as the Speaker said, there is no way that the House of Representatives will support a tax increase.”

Cantor and Boehner appeared with other Republican leaders at a Capitol Hill news conference on Friday to discuss the June jobs report.