Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today released the following statement on the nation’s December jobs report, which showed the unemployment rate stalled at 7.8 percent:

“As the number of people unemployed remains well-above pre-recession levels, Ohioans are rightly concerned about the direction of our country.  This is yet another sign that we need better policies coming out of Washington to grow the economy and create jobs.  I will continue to fight for pro-growth tax reform, regulatory relief, expanded exports, and other new ways to increase economic growth.  But to achieve real economic recovery, Washington must also address runaway spending.  Only a combination of stronger economic growth and spending restraint will work to get America back on track.  Just this week, Congress did manage to stop the huge tax increases from being imposed on the overwhelming majority of Ohio’s taxpayers and job creators, but now Washington must address the underlying causes of our nation’s weak economic growth.

“Yesterday, I found out that I will serve as a member of the Senate Finance Committee during the 113th Congress.  In my new role, I will be in a better position to fight to rein in Washington’s reckless spending, modernize our antiquated and inefficient tax code, and reform our important but unsustainable entitlement programs.”