Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Florida's Unemployment Rate Ties National Average: Democratic Leadership Continues Raising Taxes

Jun 20, 2008
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today the State of Florida announced that the unemployment rate is now at 5.5%, equal to the national rate.  This week, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) voted to extend unemployment insurance for 13 weeks in all states.  He expressed his concern and issued the following statement:

“While America faces a serious energy crisis that is affecting the economy and people’s pocketbooks, Democratic leadership continues to raise taxes on those struggling to make a living and provide for their families.

“These numbers demonstrate the urgency to lower taxes and gas prices. 

“It is time for Democratic leadership in Congress to start paying attention to what really matters.  Rather than raising taxes on American families, we need to take action now to lower gas prices at the pump by pursuing alternative and domestic sources of energy,” said Diaz-Balart.

This year, Diaz-Balart introduced the Commuter Aid and Relief for Suburbs Act or CARS Act, a bill that will enable commuters to write off commuting expenses from their taxes and provide immediate economic relief to those affected by the high prices of gasoline.