WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the below statement after the Department of Labor issued the June Unemployment Report:
"While I am pleased to see that our economy has added jobs last month, today's unemployment report confirms what I heard during my visits with individuals, small businesses, and family farmers along Route 15 this week - too many in Virginia's Fifth District remain unemployed or underemployed. This is the direct result of years of this Administration's failed policies. More regulations and higher taxes are stifling our family farmers and our Main Street businesses, making it difficult for them to expand and create the jobs that we need.
"We in the House of Representatives, however, recognize the need to remove the government as a roadblock to job creation. This week, I introduced the Preserving Rural Resources Act, bipartisan legislation that would reduce regulatory burdens on our farmers so that they can get back to doing what they do best: creating jobs. Additionally, the House has acted to address high fuel prices, which have triggered higher prices across the board, making it more difficult for families to make ends meet. Last month, the House voted to expand energy development, which would lead to the creation of over one million new American jobs, including thousands of jobs in Virginia.
"We in the House remain committed to advancing solutions that will spur robust economic growth, and we stand ready to work with the President and the Senate to get Americans back to work."