(Updated at 10:46 a.m. with comment from the White House)
Washington (CNN) - Republicans were out of the gate immediately following the release of the November unemployment figures Friday as the two top Republican leaders in the House jabbed Democrats and called for tax cut extensions.
Current House minority leader Rep. John Boehner, who will likely serve as House Speaker in the next Congress, said Democratic leaders are "wasting time with meaningless votes," and said not extending the Bush-era tax cuts will result in more jobs lost.
"Families and small businesses have had enough of politicians in Washington talking abut creating jobs while doing everything in their power to kill more jobs," Boehner said in a statement.
Rep. Eric Cantor, the current Republican whip who is set to hold the House majority leader position in the next Congress, echoed Boehner's sentiments and encouraged a vote to "stop all tax hikes."
"The lame-duck Congress should do the right thing and vote immediately to cut spending and stop all the tax hikes," Cantor said in a statement.
The House passed a bill Thursday extending the Bush tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less, but top Senate Democrats said a deal with the GOP over tax-related votes fell through Thursday night. Republicans have continued to lobby for an extension of all of the tax cuts, including for those making more than $250,000 a year.
A bill to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed recently failed in the House and Senate.
The economy created 39,000 jobs in November, the worst figure since September. Unemployment also rose from 9.6 percent to 9.8 percent, according to the government.
Austan Goolsbee, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said the new figures show the importance of extending tax cuts to middle class Americans and "unemployment insurance for those Americans who have lost their jobs."
"Failure to do this would jeopardize hundreds of thousands of additional jobs, and leave millions of Americans, who are out of work through no fault of their own, on their own," Goolsbee said in a statement.
Unemployment and the economy were the number one issues for voters in the 2010 elections, and according to recent polling remain at the top of the list. In a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, only 18 percent of those surveyed were positive about the current economic conditions in the country.
Can we stop talking about how giving rich individuals creates jobs? The only jobs I can see rich individuals (not companies, but individuals) don't show up on these jobs figures because they are not formal jobs. They aren't good jobs either.
Hundreds of billions spent and unemployment still hovers well above that magic 8% figure President Obama said we would never see.
Make all the noise you want. I remember who destroyed the eonomy to begin with, the Republicans.
But.... but.... with the rethugliban taking the house in November the numbers were supposed to be on the increase!!! Where are the JOBS you all swore would come upon retaking the house, rethugliban? Oh, that's right – the people who voted for you were duped! It was NEVER about jobs, but about making the rich richer. To those who voted for these rethugliban crooks, how does it feel to be a rube?!
I am tired of the Republicans acting like they have nothing to do with what happens in government...you were in Congress you had a hand in this too. Yet they sit back and say its all Democrats...well to me at least they were working and doing what they were elected to do...while you guys sat back and did nothing and the taxpayers footed the bill
Where are the jobs? If the party of no Senators would earn their pay and quit saying NO there may would be some hope out there. Still taking care of the richest of the rich!!!! So many bills out of the House that support small business but fiilibustered in the Senate. So many tax cuts have been given and still no jobs....tax cuts are not the answer. Quit outsourcing and keep the jobs here. Support local business and buy MADE IN THE USA.
What is it about Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Doesn't Result in Job Creation Here in the US that you don't get?!?!?
The Bush tax cuts have been in place for 10 years – DURING THAT TIME, MILLIONS OF AMERICAN JOBS WERE OUTSOURCED AND SHIPPED OVERSEAS!!!!
Extend the tax cuts to those making less than $250,000 a year – they will spend the money locally and stimulate the economy.
Let expire as intended the tax cuts for the top 2% – they would just take the money and use it to create more jobs overseas where labor is cheap and environmental regulations don't exist.
In short: STOP CODDLING THE RICH! !!!!
These Republicans have offered ZERO solutions. All they do is whine and bitch. I was once married to a woman like this. I cheated on her and divorced her. The American public should wake up and do the same with the GOP. They are not a partner. They are an anchor around the country's neck.
The Repubs should look into the mirror when they "attack" because of weak employment numbers.
Repubs did everything they could over the past two years to stop our recovery and block our Presidents efforts to move our country toward recovery.
ALL THE REPUBS IN CONGRESS VOTED AGAINST TAX CUTS FOR EVERY AMERICAN!!!
ALL THE REPUBS In CONGRESS VOTED AGAINST UN-EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR OUT OF WORK AMERICANS!!
The Repubs in Congress are nothing but cheap self-absorbed hucksters who belong on a used car lot.