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Jobs Report Generates Predictably Mixed Response From Washington

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As is often the case, the Labor Department's report on the employment situation in July report has generated a mixed response from lawmakers in Washington.

While Democrats highlighted encouraging signs in the report but suggested that more needs to be done, Republicans blamed the policies of President Barack Obama and the Democrats for what they consider to be disappointing numbers.

Below are several examples of the mixed response to the report, which showed that U.S. employment increased by 117,000 jobs in July, pushing the unemployment rate down by a tenth of a percent to 9.1 percent.

President Barack Obama:

"While this marks the 17th month in a row of job growth in the private sector --nearly 2.5 million new private sector jobs in all -- we have to create more jobs than that each month to make up for the more than 8 million jobs that the recession claimed.

We need to create a self-sustaining cycle where people are spending, and companies are hiring, and our economy is growing. And we've known that will take some time."

House Speaker John Boehner:

"Today's unemployment report is more proof that all of the Washington spending, taxing, and regulating is devastating our economy.

While the American people are asking 'where are the jobs?' the Democrats running Washington are determined to punish small businesses with higher taxes and more red tape - including hundreds of new regulations last month alone - and to keep their spending binge going at all costs.

Instead of more jobs, they're creating more fear, more uncertainty, and more debt."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:

"While our economy continues to struggle and millions of Americans remain out of work, it is encouraging that private sector employers did better than most economists predicted by adding more than 150,000 jobs last month.

We have much work left to do, and creating jobs continues to be Democrats' top priority. There are a number of things Congress can do to create jobs right away.

But to accomplish these goals, we need Republicans to stop using common-sense jobs bills as vehicles for the Tea Party's ideological agenda, and forcing us to run the government from one manufactured crisis to the next."

Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions:

"Unemployment remains painfully high, growth remains unacceptably weak, and our nation's total debt has now officially eclipsed the size of our entire economy. But the president continues his call for more failed government 'investments.'

Our nation is in desperate need of a clear, confident, and commonsense budget plan from the White House to get spending under control. We need certainty and predictability, not more experiments in progressive economics.

Even with the recently-passed debt bill, we are still on track to add $11 trillion or more in gross debt by the end of the decade. At current levels, our gross debt is already dragging down growth and costing us at least a million jobs a year."

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