Press Release


Chairman Price Responds to November Jobs Numbers


Washington, D.C.– House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) responded to the release of the November 2012 jobs report, saying:


“Today, millions of our fellow Americans are unemployed, underemployed or have given up looking for work all-together. What little economic recovery we have seen has been slow, disappointing, and reflective of the tax-and-spend policies still championed by too many in Washington. Right now, the most important thing we can do to help those suffering in this weak economy is to create some certainty across the country that we will avoid the pending fiscal cliff, and that we have a plan to address the longer-term debt crisis that threatens the nation’s future prosperity.


“To date, President Obama’s answer to a weak economy and uncertainty has been failed stimulus spending and tax hikes on small businesses. The president’s tax increases would only raise enough revenue to fund the federal government for eight days while threatening at least 700,000 jobs. That’s not a real solution, and it puts in jeopardy many of the nation’s small businesses that ought to be creating more jobs, not paying more in taxes to chase more Washington spending. It is troubling that the president appears more focused on raising taxes than in spurring economic vitality.


“House Republicans are fighting for real solutions to avert this fiscal cliff in a pro-growth fashion that spurs job creation and economic expansion. We have put multiple ideas and proposals on the table throughout this Congress that address a broken tax system, address the spending-driven debt crisis we face, and clear the way for a stronger economic recovery. Today’s jobs report reaffirms the necessity of enacting pro-growth policies. We remain hopeful that our friends on the other side of the aisle will join us in doing so.”


Chairman Price outlined his opposition to President Obama’s tax increase proposal in Thursday’s edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.