Republicans quick to say jobs report not good enough
July 5th, 2013
10:11 AM ET
1 year ago

Republicans quick to say jobs report not good enough

Washington (CNN) – Both the White House and Republicans are weighing in on the new unemployment report. And as expected, their reactions were completely different.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a better than expected jobs report Friday, with 195,000 jobs added to the economy while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6%.

In a statement from the White House, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers called the report continued evidence that the economy is recovering from the recession that began in 2007. "The economy has now added private sector jobs for 40 consecutive months, and a total of 7.2 million jobs has been added over that period," said Alan B. Krueger.

But Krueger pointed out that more work remains to be done. "It is critical that we remain focused on pursuing policies to speed job creation and expand the middle class," he said. "We continue to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession."

The jobs report showed several other positive signs, with revised numbers from May and April both ticking up. April was originally noted to add 149,000 jobs while the revisions peg the number at 199,000. May went up from an original estimate of 175,000 jobs added to 195,000 jobs in the revised estimate.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was one of the first to weigh in on the report, expressing a measured optimism in the jobs numbers while quickly using it as a chance to lambast President Barack Obama's economic policies that he said simply aren't enough.

"America must do better. But that requires President Obama to get his priorities in order. Does he care about real job creation or not?" Priebus said in a statement. "The implementation of Obamacare isn't going to provide relief. His job-killing carbon regulations won't create jobs. And it certainly doesn't help young Americans that Democrats recently let student loan rates double."

Other Republicans also quickly used the report to criticize the Obama administration's newly announced policy to curb climate change, which they argue will unnecessarily harm business.

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House Speaker John Boehner blamed Obama and Democrats for Congress's inaction that allowed college interest rates to double earlier this week. "Economic growth is still tepid, the unemployment rate is far too high, and the president continues to promote policies that undermine robust job creation," Boehner said in a statement.

"Just look at the last few weeks: the president admits that his health care law is a drag on businesses," Boehner said in reference to the administration's decision to delay reporting requirements in the Affordable Care Act for businesses to provide their employees with health insurance.

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In closing, Boehner took one last shot at laying the economic blame squarely at Obama's feet. "Imagine how many jobs would be created if the president stopped trying to expand government," he said, "and started working with Republicans on policies that create sustained economic growth and expand opportunity for all Americans."


Filed under: Alan Krueger • Economy • Jobs • John Boehner • President Obama • Reince Priebus
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Burt

    Wow...so much much hatred and so much ignorance! The POTUS tries to help the American people and is blocked by Congress at every opportunity. He is criticized for actions that the GOP, in the last administration, put into practice. He is called a 'King', a 'Dictator', etc, etc, for TRYING! Do you right wing 'persons' (?) actually think that this POTUS is trying to take over the country? Really, REALLY? Good reports are 'bad', economic recovery (albeit slow), is 'bad', trying to give EVERYONE in the USA affordable health care, is 'bad', trying to protect US citizens from all forms of terrorism, is 'bad', giving women the right to chose, is 'bad'. BUT...giving giving tax breals to the rich, is 'good', letting HMO's decide which health problem is insurable, is 'good' (remember 'death panels' Ms. Palin?), deregulation of banks and mortgage companies, is 'good', evangelical Christian theology (only) in politics, is 'good'! Alright enough already! But do you see where I'm going with this? Really people...get a grip!

    July 5, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Italmn

    Hey, CNN ...................Why do YOU keep putting the TRASHY republicans comments on your news broadcast ? Who cares what they even think, let alone say !

    July 5, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. RINO Bill

    Hey JM:

    I don't know about America, but the GOP sure as heck lowered its standard but Perry, Santorum, Bachmann and Palin still couldn't make the grade.

    July 5, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. rs

    RINO Bill

    Hey JM:

    I don't know about America, but the GOP sure as heck lowered its standard but Perry, Santorum, Bachmann and Palin still couldn't make the grade.
    _____________________
    Agreed, the best they could do in the last election was Mitt Romney- a man who couldn't reveal what he eaned and hid his money off-shore so HE wouln't have to pay his fair share in taxes. Talk about "standards" indeed!

    July 5, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Larry L

    Republicans always hate good economic reports. Americans need to remember their efforts to prevent our economic recovery in the next election. Their efforts are listed as follows: Republican jobs bill: none. Republican healthcare plan: none. Republican infrasructure plan: none. Republican plan to help Medicare: none. Republican plan to help Social Security: none.

    July 5, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. smith

    The jobs being gained as of late are seasonal part time jobs, not gainfully full time employment..nothing to brag about here.

    July 5, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. ritmocojo

    "Nooooooo!!! Curses! Dratz!!" the GOtP

    July 5, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Jules

    Amazing how the GOP never says what would be good enough.

    July 5, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. ART

    Rethuglicans at their best do nothing, suggest nothing.Priebus ,Boehner and all Rethuglicans really have no shame.

    July 5, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. terrorist children of the military industrial complex

    I love the RNC.

    "Obamas not creating enough jobs."
    "Government should not be a job creator."

    So, which is it?

    July 5, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. don in albuquerque

    All at once-"Is anyone surprised here?" Oh, give me a break, if the President said "Roses are pretty", it would immediately be turned over to Issa for a mandatory expense of around five million to investigate it.

    July 5, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. rs

    smith

    The jobs being gained as of late are seasonal part time jobs, not gainfully full time employment..nothing to brag about here.

    --------------
    And what, exactly has the GOP done?
    Zero, am I right?

    July 5, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Dumbas[R]ocks

    The [R]s are quick with their mouths in any number of areas. The problem isn't their quickness, its their lack of SUBSTANCE.

    It is still amusing that the [R] clown car continues its aimless careening around the track, on fire, a wreck, 8 months after it crashed and burned.

    July 5, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. rs

    Larry L

    Republicans always hate good economic reports. Americans need to remember their efforts to prevent our economic recovery in the next election. Their efforts are listed as follows: Republican jobs bill: none. Republican healthcare plan: none. Republican infrasructure plan: none. Republican plan to help Medicare: none. Republican plan to help Social Security: none.
    ______________________
    Actually, they had a plan-cut taxes on the 1% by another $800,000. In other words-"make things worse"!

    July 5, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Hey all - ever notice how Ray E. (Georgia) does his brain dump and then shirks from any further discussion, like dog with its tail between his legs? He proudly drops his leavings like a little bunny and then hops off into the bushes to hide.

    Remind you of anybody? Listen to how the rightwing bobble-headed media lords run their echo-chamber radio shows. This is what passes for 'intellectual' for today's self-styled "conservatives"? It is an abhorrent JOKE.

    July 5, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    Re Jobs "Giving Thanks always for All Things unto God" (Ephesians 5: 20)

    July 5, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Pete

    Republicans would rant even if Pres.Obama cured cancer,walked on hot coals and parted the ocean so don't be surprised when only Pres.Obama and democrates have brought down unemployemebt rates all by themselves because they've been doing it for years and republicans ignorently balk...All of this presidents sucesses have been done without republicans help so keep it up republicans because McConnell,McCain and Boehner will be hard in saying what they've done constructively since Pres.Obamas inaugeration when in fact they've done nada,zilch ,nothing thus securing their names as obstructionists in political history for years to come and being defeated at midterms to democrates delight!

    July 5, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Evergreen

    If the GOP wants to win the White House stop complaining about what President Obama is not doing and start talking about what you are doing to improve the economy. FYI: abortion laws are not going to get you there.

    July 5, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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