GOP uses job figures to attack Democrats’ budget

GOP leaders Friday used new employment figures showing a job growth in March of 180,000 to attack the Democrats’ budget, which Republicans claim would include a large tax increase.

The Department of Labor reported the increase in payrolls Friday, and also said that the unemployment rate is 4.4 percent.

“Democrats needn’t look any further than this month’s job report for evidence of what broad-based tax relief and pro-growth policy-making can do for an economy,” said House Minority Whip Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP senator: Capitol Hill's sexual harassment reporting protocol is 'totally inappropriate' Senate passes resolution requiring mandatory sexual harassment training Strange bedfellows on criminal justice reform could offer Trump a legislative win MORE (R-Mo.). “Unfortunately, the lessons of the past 12 years seem to have been lost on this new majority, as it has eschewed fiscal discipline in favor of advancing a budget that will impose the largest tax increase in American history.”

Instead of supporting economic growth, Blunt charges that the Democrats’ budget only expands “the size, scope, and reach of the federal government to historic, and very dangerous, new levels.”

House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerTrump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election MORE (R-Ohio) also cited the job figures as “yet more proof that Republican policies are working.”

He strongly criticized the Democrats’ budget as policy that “will simply punish working families and slow the economic growth that continues to create the new jobs of tomorrow.”