Reid: GOP should stop listening to Kochs, create jobs

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the May employment report would have been better if Republicans would stop listening to the Koch brothers and work with Democrats.

“Senate Democrats will continue to act to strengthen the middle class, create jobs and invest in encouraging innovation in our economy and rebuilding America’s infrastructure,” Reid said Friday. “I hope my Senate Republican colleagues can join us in creating jobs and stop taking their marching orders from the Koch brothers.”

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Friday that the U.S. economy added 217,000 jobs in May, keeping the 6.3 percent unemployment rate steady.

Reid said the announcement was good news but that if Republicans stopped blocking Democrats legislation, such as increasing the minimum wage, extending unemployment benefits and reducing taxes, the economic recovery would be stronger.

“Unfortunately, Republicans in the Senate have obstructed legislation that would benefit our economy,” Reid said. “Americans deserve a fair shot at prosperity.”

Senate Republicans recently filibustered a tax break bill and legislation that would have increased the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

Reid also said he hopes Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would allow a House vote on a bipartisan Senate bill that extended unemployment insurance for those who have been unemployed for more than six months.

Reid has blamed billionaire Republican campaign donors David and Charles Koch for most of the obstruction. Conservative groups have filed an ethics complaint against Reid for his "targeting" of private citizens.