“Instead of blaming the millions of people who are struggling to find work, we should be redoubling our efforts in Congress to create jobs”
Oakland, CA – Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to Speaker Boehner’s remarks at the American Enterprise Institute: “This idea that has been born, maybe out of the economy over the last couple years, that you know, I really don't have to work. I don't really want to do this. I think I'd rather just sit around. This is a very sick idea for our country."
“Speaker Boehner’s comments continue the line of attacks on the unemployed. I reject the idea that the American people are averse to hard work. The real problem is a Republican-controlled House that has obstructed every real effort to create good-paying jobs.
Congressional Republicans refuse to pass proven job-creating legislation including: raising the minimum wage, investing in our crumbling infrastructure, passing comprehensive immigration reform or renewing unemployment insurance for more than 3 million Americans still looking for work.
Instead of blaming the millions of people who are struggling to find work, we should be redoubling our efforts in Congress to create jobs.”
Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of both the Congressional Black Caucus and Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the newly formed Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.