Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
“In Nevada and across America there are still far too many Americans looking for work. But we have now seen 27 straight months of private sector job growth, along with encouraging progress in critical sectors such as manufacturing. Our economy is recovering, but recovering slowly.
“The main obstacle standing in the way of a stronger economic recovery is the unprecedented, politically-motivated obstruction from Republicans in Congress. My counterpart, Senator McConnell, announced that his ‘single most important’ goal was defeating President Obama. Republicans have followed his lead, blocking bill after bill that would create jobs and help middle-class families, often without even bothering to pretend they disagree with the bipartisan, common-sense policies they are obstructing.
“The best thing we can do to spur on our recovery is to protect middle-class families from the fiscal cliff. Last week, the Senate passed a bill that would prevent middle-class families’ taxes from rising on January 1. Sadly, House Republicans are holding these middle-class tax cuts hostage, demanding additional tax cuts for the top two percent of taxpayers.
“Instead of spending all of their energy trying to defeat President Obama, I hope my Republican colleagues will listen to their constituents, drop their obstruction, and start working with Democrats. Middle-class Americans expect us to put politics aside and do the right thing for our economy, and they deserve nothing less.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)
“Two years after the Obama administration declared, ‘welcome to the recovery,’ this much is clear: with 42 consecutive months of unemployment above eight percent, the private sector still isn’t ‘doing fine’ and President Obama’s economic plan did not work. While the president is telling small businesses ‘you didn’t build that,’ his policies are making sure they can’t.
Any new job creation is welcome news — but with unemployment still above eight percent and rising, and millions of Americans looking for work, it is insane to raise taxes on small businesses, as the president and his allies in the Democratic-controlled Senate propose. Ernst & Young says their tax hike will destroy more than 700,000 jobs. And yet, top Democrats say they’re willing to let taxes rise on middle class families, tank our economy, and impose devastating cuts to our national security if they don’t get their way. It’s reckless, it’s wrong, and House Republicans aren’t standing for it.
A group of 88 American economists warned that we need to stop all of the tax hikes scheduled for January 1 to prevent more damage to our economy. A bipartisan majority in the House voted to do so, and to make sure no middle class family or small business sees a tax increase. We also voted in May to replace the ‘sequester’ defense cuts insisted on by the president. The House is ready to act at a moment’s notice this August on these, and the more than 30 jobs bills we’ve passed, if Senate Democrats get serious about addressing the threats to our economy and our national security.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
“Last month, 163,000 jobs were created despite Republicans’ refusal to work with President Obama and Democrats to create jobs, grow our economy, and ensure the economic security of our middle class.
“With too many Americans still out of work, the message remains clear: we must do more. The last thing the American people need right now is more uncertainty, more unfairness, and higher taxes on working families and small businesses. Yet House Republicans continue to stand as the lone roadblock to a middle class tax cut – preferring to hold tax relief for 100 percent of Americans hostage to extra tax breaks for the top 2 percent. Now, Republicans have decided to head home rather than work in a bipartisan way to take action to put people back to work.
“Americans can’t wait. It’s time for Republicans to work with Democrats and bring more fairness, opportunity, and certainty to the middle class.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
“Despite gains last month, too many Americans remain unemployed. This month’s jobs numbers underscore the failure of the Obama Administration’s policies. We won’t see any real change to unemployment until we change the policies that brought us here. The choice is clear: higher taxes or more growth.
The President’s push for raising taxes on working families and small business owners is counter to the aim of creating jobs. Small businesses aren’t hiring, college graduates can’t find jobs and the economy keeps shrinking. Members of both parties agree, more taxes aren’t the answer. This week, the only plan that passed the House with bipartisan support was the plan to ensure that taxes don’t go up on any American.
Seeing our Olympic athletes succeed on the world’s stage reminds us of the greatness we must constantly strive for as a nation. Republicans believe we can ignite the economic engine of this country once again. We have the talent. We have the capital. But the biggest obstacle to economic growth is the President’s insistence on higher taxes and dangerous defense cuts. This cloud of uncertainty means small business owners can’t grow, our national security is at risk and millions of jobs hang in the balance. We ask the President and Harry Reid to join us to stop the massive tax hike facing our country so we can finally see economic growth and jobs return.”
House Budget Chair Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)
“Today’s jobs report again confirms what millions of families across the nation already know: that President Obama has broken his promises, his economic policies have failed, and his lack of leadership has been a grave disappointment. Taking more from hardworking taxpayers to grow government, as the President has been doing, results in the kind of sluggish private-sector job creation we have been seeing for far too long. Americans deserve better. Where President Obama has failed, Mitt Romney will deliver. He has a proven record and a bold plan that will return our country to the right path, the path of dynamism, innovation, and prosperity.”
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis
“Our nation’s labor market added 163,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in July, which exceeded all forecasts and represented the country’s strongest July job growth since 2006.
“The unemployment rate remained essentially unchanged at 8.3 percent, while the share of long-term unemployed fell to its lowest level since 2009. The Latino unemployment rate dropped nearly a percentage point last month to 10.3 percent.
“Over 29 straight months of private sector job growth, the economy has created 4.5 million jobs that didn’t exist when President Obama came to office, including 172,000 new private sector jobs in July and 1.1 million generated in 2012 alone. We still have more work to do to help every American looking for work find a good job, but this report reinforces that we remain on the right track. If we continue to invest in the American worker and avoid wrong-headed tax increases on middle-class families, we’ll stay on our current trajectory to achieve a full recovery in record time.
“July’s job growth was broad-based and reached nearly every sector. With bipartisan cooperation, I believe we can grow jobs even faster. For instance, over the last 30 months, our manufacturing sector has seen its largest job gains since 1989. We added 25,000 new manufacturing jobs last month alone, but we could grow this number in the months ahead if Congress would embrace President Obama’s proposal to end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and instead reward companies that bring good jobs home. Unfortunately, obstructionists on Capitol Hill blocked the administration’s common-sense plan to do so.
“One of the most damaging things we could do to our recovery is raise taxes on the middle class. We know that spending by the middle class stimulates growth, and that spending on the middle class generates a ripple effect throughout our economy. Keeping earnings in the pockets of hardworking families to spend on our economy helps our job creators grow their businesses and make new hires. The efforts by some in Congress to hold middle-class tax relief hostage to more tax cuts for the wealthy is deeply irresponsible and unhelpful to our recovery.”
RNC Chair Reince Preibus
“Last week President Obama said, ‘We tried our plan, and it worked.’ With the unemployment rate going up again, it’s obvious that plan didn’t work at all,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
“Instead of supporting American innovation and job creation, he has squandered taxpayer money on failed companies like Solyndra, which led to job losses. It’s no wonder we can’t end this economic nightmare. The president continues to take us in the wrong direction.
“In a time of widespread economic hardship, the president’s schedule has not included a ‘Daily Economic Briefing’ since April of 2011. He has not convened his Jobs Council in over six months, yet he has found time for over 120 political fundraisers and 11 rounds of golf since their last meeting.
“President Obama’s only plans for a second term are higher taxes and more spending–exactly the opposite of what we need. On Day One of his presidency, Mitt Romney will get to work implementing his comprehensive jobs plan to turn around the economy.”