Today, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the outrageous claim on "Fox and Friends" that the unemployment rate has not gone up since President Obama took office.
The facts are this: when the president took office, unemployment stood at 7.8%. It rose to 10.1% in April 2009, and now stands at 8.6%. The number of unemployed eclipsed 13 million in March 2009, and has remained above 13 million for 31 straight months. Unfortunately for the millions of Americans without jobs, some of whom were undoubtedly watching her try to pass off this statement as true, the average number of weeks it takes for them to find work is the highest its ever been.
House Republicans are taking decisive action to create jobs. Since January, we have passed 27 bipartisan jobs bills that are awaiting action in the Democrat-controlled Senate. And this week, the House will consider H.R. 3630 which will extend the Payroll Tax Holiday for another year while requiring no new government spending.