Washington, D.C.—Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement regarding the January employment figures released this morning showing the unemployment rate fell to its lowest rate since April 2009:
“Today’s news that unemployment fell nearly half a percent is an encouraging sign that our economy is continuing to recover. But families in Nevada and around the country are still struggling. That’s why I urge my Republican colleagues to join us to create jobs, instead of wasting time with pointless, symbolic votes and yesterday’s battles. Americans expect us to work together to keep our economy on the right track and make sure America’s workforce is competitive in the global economy.
“At this critical juncture, we certainly cannot afford an extreme step like forcing a government shutdown that could send us back into a recession and put Social Security checks, veterans’ benefits and border security at risk. I hope my Republican colleagues will stop playing with fire, and join us to pass responsible measures that control spending while encouraging growth. Now is the time for common-sense solutions that create jobs and strengthen the middle class, not extreme political stunts.”