WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement tonight after the House passed the Jobs for Main Street Act:
"Today, the House responded to the urgent needs of the millions of Americans who are still out of work this winter. The bill we passed is designed to add to our economic recovery by creating jobs.
"Democratic recovery policies are showing promising signs of progress, with our economy growing for the first time in a year and job losses slowing to a near halt—but, as long as unemployment remains so high, our work in Congress is not done.
"The jobs bill would fund infrastructure projects that both put Americans to work and spur growth in the broader economy. It will also increase unemployment insurance, health care assistance, and other emergency programs for families struggling the most this winter—programs that are a direct and powerful economic stimulus.
"As someone who has spoken repeatedly about the importance of restoring our nation to fiscal health, I understand that our economic decline has been one of the key drivers of lower revenues and higher deficits. That is why Democratic measures to return our country to prosperity and high employment cannot be separated from our commitment to fiscal discipline. I urge the Senate to answer the needs of American families by passing this jobs legislation--and to answer the needs of our fiscal future by passing important fiscal responsibility legislation, including statutory paygo."