“An improvement in the unemployment rate is always welcome news, but Washington has not done nearly enough to end the economic uncertainty that still plagues American families, businesses and farmers. Too many Americans continue to wake up every morning to grim economic circumstances and minds and a job market burdened with doubt.
“The U.S. House of Representatives has approved nearly 30 jobs bills and legislation that would provide greater certainty for working families by extending the payroll tax holiday for a full year. It’s been my hope that the Senate would work with House lawmakers to finish the work that has begun in the interest of the American people and a sustained long-term economic recovery.
“After 35 consecutive months of unemployment above 8 percent, I continue to share the ever-growing frustration and anger the American people have over the bickering, finger-pointing, chest-thumping, saber-rattling, fractured process by all sides in Washington. I stand ready, as I always have, to work with any of my colleagues in Congress or at the White House – regardless of party affiliation – to find common-sense solutions that will foster an atmosphere for improved job creation in our country to bring stability back to our economy. It’s time for both parties to put aside petty partisan differences and come together to do the right thing for the American people.”