Upton Statement on July Jobs Report

August 5, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) issued the following statement in response to the latest unemployment report:

"We're all looking for glimmers of economic hope, and today's jobs report - while not nearly enough to create the recovery Americans need - was somewhat better than expected. Yet it underscores that America's economy is limping under the weight of a large and growing federal government and the burdens and uncertainty created by reckless and relentless regulations. After months of weak job creation and disappointingly slow GDP growth in the first half of this year, there is no doubt about the need to change course. The debt agreement reached earlier this month put a modest down payment on our deficit reduction, but the real work lies ahead. We must pair meaningful reforms that reduce government spending with regulatory relief that allows the economy to grow and thrive. That's why jobs and the economy have been our focus throughout this year, and why these issues will be on the front burner this fall as we advance legislation to help create jobs and protect workers from regulatory burdens. Millions of American jobs are in jeopardy because of the costly rules proposed or under development by the EPA, and that's just one agency. If this administration is serious about job creation and not just paying lip service, it should begin by putting the brakes on this regulatory train wreck."

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