Van Hollen Statement on December Jobs Report
Washington, DC – Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, today issued the following statement on December’s stronger than expected unemployment figures. According to the Department of Labor, the U.S. economy added 200,000 jobs in December, and the unemployment rate dropped from 8.7 percent to 8.5 percent, the lowest since February 2009.
“December’s jobs report is positive news, but it once again underscores that we have a long way to go before our country has fully recovered. Putting Americans back to work and rebuilding our economy must be our first priority. That is why Democrats are here, ready to work and start negotiations to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance for the remainder of the year.
“In the short-term, we must pass this legislation to give 160 million Americans important tax relief and provide support to the millions who are out of work through no fault of their own – doing so could help save 600,000 jobs. In the long-term, we need to pass a comprehensive job initiative. We have made important progress, but it is not enough. We must continue to fight every day to create American jobs.”