November 6th, 2009
08:53 AM ET
10 years ago

GOP: White House 'falling short' on jobs

Republicans quickly responded to the latest jobs report Friday.

Republicans quickly responded to the latest jobs report Friday.

Washington (CNN) - The top Republican in the House of Representatives says the White House is "falling short" when it comes to battling unemployment.

"The president has said that job creation is the ultimate measure of economic performance. Today's report is yet another reminder that American families and small businesses are still struggling, and the White House response is falling short," said House Minority Leader John Boehner in a statement released Friday morning.

Boehner's statement was released just minutes after the Labor Department reported that the nation's economy lost 190,000 jobs in the month of October and the unemployment rate rose from 9.8 percent to 10.2 percent.

"A jobless recovery and double-digit unemployment are not what the American people were promised. Democrats pledged that the so-called 'stimulus' would create jobs immediately and keep the unemployment rate from going above eight percent. But since the 'stimulus' was signed into law, more than three million private sector jobs have been lost. Americans are asking 'Where are the jobs?' but all they've gotten from Democrats in Washington is more spending and more debt," adds Boehner.

Minutes after Boehner's comments, the Republican National Committee weighed in as well.

"With so many families looking for work, it is time the Obama administration stop spreading their phony 'saved or created' talking points and start creating the dependable jobs America needs. President Obama promised jobs during his campaign for president, and the elections in Virginia and New Jersey on Tuesday were a clear referendum on his failure to deliver on this promise," said RNC Chairman Michael Steele in a statement.

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soundoff (179 Responses)
  1. HSNP

    After GEORGE W. BUSH wrecked the economy so thoroughly, we have to expect that it's going to take some time for the jobs picture to recover.

    For all those people who moan about so called government "takeovers" of various businesses I would ask them to consider what would have happened if there had been no government intervention? The complete liquidation of Chrysler, GM, their suppliers, any number of banks, etc. In other words, complete disaster!!

    November 6, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Jayden,FL

    I like how the GOP totally forgets who created all these Job loss in the first place.... one of there own George W Bush!

    November 6, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Dennis

    And how many jobs did the Republicans create in 2008?

    November 6, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. gt

    this jerk leg politicans are doing every thing but help get jobs in this country ,,, instead of jobs they work on climate change,,,they let jobs be ship out to china and mexico... they let illegal works take american jobs then they blame americans as being greedy.... enough all ready get your act together....

    November 6, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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