Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Department of Labor released its jobs report for May:
“This morning’s jobs report shows that Congressional Republicans’ do-nothing, confrontation over compromise approach to jobs isn’t working. While we continued to see the private sector add jobs for the twenty-seventh straight month, our unemployment rate has slipped back up to 8.2 percent from the three-year record low of 8.1 percent last month. While the President and Democrats in Congress have been promoting a jobs-first agenda to provide certainty to American businesses and workers, Republicans continue to avoid addressing serious job creation in favor of ideological bills.
“And Republicans show no sign of changing course to focus on jobs. House Republicans’ summer legislative agenda makes no mention of job-creating legislation, promising to buck their responsibility on jobs for several additional months. This is deeply disappointing, as we were able to work together in May to pass a bipartisan reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, which is a component of Democrats’ Make It In America plan for creating jobs and boosting economic competitiveness. Instead of spending the summer on an extreme, partisan social agenda, House Republicans ought to revisit that spirit of bipartisanship and work with us to pass other Make It In America bills soon so we can get more Americans back to work.”