Republicans pounce on latest jobs report

McClatchy Washington BureauFebruary 7, 2014 

The nation's jobless rate may have fallen to its lowest point in more than five years, but top Republican party officials are not pleased.

 "The American people continue to ask 'Where are the jobs,' and the president clearly has no answers.  Republicans do," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. The report shows hiring has been slower to recover than expected.

"The report shows the percentage of Americans in the workforce hasn’t been this low since the 1970s. ObamaCare will now drive that number lower, added Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

In his State of the Union address President Obama said Americans are united by ‘the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead.It's true that Americans believe that, but I’m not sure President Obama does. His administration celebrated the CBO report, saying, in effect, that it’s a good thing to discourage people from working.," Priebus said.

Boehner cited a letter House Republican leaders wrote last week to Obama, citing areas where they could work together to help the economy.

"The House has passed dozens of initiatives that will help create jobs and expand economic opportunity. We are ready to improve job training, expand markets for American exports, approve the Keystone pipeline, and much more," Boehner said Friday.

"The president and his party’s leaders, however, are standing in the way.  Their failure to lead has resulted in the worst jobs recovery in history and, as we learned this week, their health care law will drive millions out of an already-diminished labor force. House Republicans have outlined areas of common ground the president can start with if he is serious about making this a ‘year of action.’

"It’s time for the president and his party’s leaders to listen to the American people, and work with Republicans to help grow our economy and expand opportunity for all Americans.” 

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