Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Department of Labor released their jobs report for June:
“This morning, we learned that our economy added 57,000 private-sector jobs in the month of June, and a net total of 18,000 jobs. We are clearly a long way from replacing all of the jobs lost as a result of the financial crisis in 2008, and we will need many more months of much stronger progress to create jobs for the millions of Americans out of work. Our unacceptably high unemployment rate of 9.2% demonstrates that our problem is still urgent.
“Yet Republicans, after half a year in the House majority, have largely sat on their hands when it comes to putting forward a jobs agenda. In addition to taking stronger action on jobs, I hope that Republicans will join Democrats in putting country before party and making hard fiscal decisions, so that we can agree to a balanced approach that ensures we pay our bills and sets our nation on a course to better fiscal health. Better fiscal health will ultimately strengthen our economy, by contributing to a better environment for job creation. Both parties also have strong reasons to support the Make It In America agenda, a legislative program to rebuild America’s manufacturing sector, create jobs, and strengthen our international competitiveness. There is nothing partisan about out-educating, out-innovating, and out-building our competitors, and both parties need to take action to ensure that America retains its world economic leadership."