Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Department of Labor released its jobs report for April:
"With our economy continuing to add jobs in April, the twenty-sixth consecutive month of private sector job growth, our economic recovery keeps moving forward. I am encouraged that the unemployment rate has fallen further and is now at 8.1%, down significantly from its peak during the worst of the recession. This comes on the heels of a report by the Institute for Supply Management earlier this week showing strong growth in our manufacturing sector, as well as news that GDP continued to expand in the first quarter of this year. However, our recovery is at risk of faltering unless Congress takes bold action to invest in job growth and economic competitiveness.
"The American people – especially those still seeking work – cannot afford to wait while Republicans refuse to take action on comprehensive jobs legislation. Democrats' Make It In America plan will lay the groundwork for robust economic growth and new hiring by strengthening American manufacturing, and investing in education, innovation, and infrastructure to boost the competitiveness of our businesses in the global marketplace. Instead of working with Democrats to create jobs, House Republicans have spent their time in the majority pushing tax breaks for the wealthy and ideologically driven measures to roll back environmental protections, raise costs for seniors on Medicare, and hamstring federal agencies' ability to recruit workers by freezing pay and limiting benefits. April's report ought to be a wake-up call to Republicans that it is time to start working with Democrats to get more Americans back to work, not wasting time on policies that won't create jobs."