Jobs Report, $14 Trillion Debt Underscore Need for Repeal of Budget-Busting, Job-Killing Health Care Law

January 7, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, highlighted the need to repeal the job-killing health law following today's Department of Labor jobs report that shows the national unemployment rate for December fell to 9.4 percent. Today's report marks 20 straight months the nation's jobless rate has topped 9 percent. The jobs report also follows news of the national debt eclipsing $14 trillion earlier this week.  

"Today's jobs numbers, while encouraging, reveal that we have much work left to do as we have now endured 20 consecutive months with nearly one out of every 10 Americans out of work," said Upton. "Our new majority is committed to turning the economy around and putting folks back to work. That begins with next week's vote to repeal the administration's budget-busting, job-killing health law. After two years of prolific spending and explosive government growth, families and small businesses are desperate for a fresh approach. Our new majority will reduce the size of government, attack every job-killing mandate to allow investment and innovation to thrive and cut spending to bring down our now $14 trillion debt."

Yesterday, Upton joined Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and other Republican leaders to release "ObamaCare: A Budget-Busting, Job-Killing Health Care Law," a new report detailing the job-killing aspects of the Democrats' health care law.