Thompson Joins Education and Labor Committee Colleagues To Ask for Hearing on Rising Unemployment and Erroneous Job Reports

Nov 20, 2009

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today sent a letter to the Chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, Rep. George Miller, D-CA, asking that Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis appear before the Committee to answer questions about the Administration’s economic recovery efforts and the lack of clarity in job reports from the stimulus funds.

“There are a trillion dollars of taxpayer funds out there, that have not helped the employment situation, but have contributed to massive debt our children and grandchildren will have to bear,” said Thompson.  “I would like to see some accountability, especially when the unemployment numbers continue to rise.”

Thompson, who is a member of the Education and Labor Committee, joined all 19 Republican members of the Committee in sending the letter to Miller.  The letter reads:

“This February, when the national unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, Congressional Democrats passed President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus plan. At that time, Administration officials promised the President’s stimulus bill would prevent unemployment from rising above 8 percent. Instead, just nine months later, the Department of Labor reports that unemployment has jumped to 10.2 percent and more than 2.8 million American jobs have been lost. Clearly something went wrong.”

The members also point to the list of jobs “created or saved” by the stimulus and calls into question the many errors on, the Administration’s stimulus website that includes jobs attributed to Congressional Districts that do not exist.

Despite rising unemployment numbers and questionable accounting, the Secretary of Labor has not been before the House Education and Labor Committee since her confirmation in February 2009. “The Committee is tasked with oversight of the Department of Labor and we think some explaining is long overdue” said Thompson regarding the letter.
The letter concludes: 

“Majority Leader Hoyer announced earlier this week that Democrats plan to move another stimulus bill through Congress by year’s end. Before another taxpayer dollar is spent, Congress must demand accountability for the failure of the $787 billion already appropriated under the Obama stimulus plan to stem the tide of rising unemployment.”