WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senator John Thune, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today issued the following remarks regarding the latest jobs numbers issued by the Department of Labor:
"Today's news that unemployment has increased to 9.2 percent comes at a time when the President and his allies in Congress are seeking to increase taxes. Raising taxes on our nation's jobs creators is yet another failed policy that will make the economy worse. Instead of looking at ways to raise taxes, we ought to be looking at the countless ways we could reduce federal spending and enact policies to grow the economy and create jobs.
"Today also marks 800 days since the Democrat-led Senate last passed a budget. Until Washington gets serious about restoring fiscal discipline with meaningful spending cuts and budget reforms, our economy will continue to hobble along and unemployment will continue to rise."