The PJ Tatler

Boehner on Jobs Report: Close, But No Cigar

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that Friday’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed “some encouragement, ” but that the unemployment rate is still too high.

The jobless rate for February held at a three-year low of 8.3 percent even as more people returned to the labor force and employers added 227,000 jobs.

“Unemployment remains far too high,” Boehner said in a statement. “It is a testament to the hard work and entrepreneurship of the American people that they are creating any jobs in the midst of the onslaught of anti-business policies coming from this administration.”

President Obama will tout the jobs report when he tours the Rolls-Royce Crosspointe facility in Prince George, Va., before traveling to Houston tonight for two campaign events.

“Three years of ‘stimulus’ spending, tax hikes, and excessive government regulations have left us with unemployment that has remained above eight percent for 37 consecutive months, and Americans are increasingly worried about the amount of debt owed to countries like China,” Boehner said. “Meanwhile, gas prices have nearly doubled as the Obama administration has rejected new energy production, blocked and lobbied against projects like the Keystone XL pipeline, and promoted policies that would drive prices up even further.”

Boehner said that Senate Democrats should take action on the JOBS Act that passed the GOP-majority House yesterday by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, 390-23. The package of six bills is aimed at helping new businesses launch.