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 July:
"This morning, we received news that our economy added 154,000 private-sector jobs in the month of July; with layoffs of public employees factored in, we added 117,000 net jobs. It is encouraging that our private sector has added jobs for 17 straight months, and that our economy has come a long way from the days, at the beginning of President Obama's term, when it was losing 700,000 jobs per month. But today's report is still unsatisfactory for the millions of Americans who remain unemployed and for the millions more waiting to feel the effects of economic recovery. Clearly, we must do more.
"It is truly disappointing, then, that Republicans in Congress are intent on doing so little. After more than half a year in the House majority, Republicans have yet to put forward a jobs agenda; instead, they have expended far more energy on holding our economy hostage in order to force through their ideological demands. But when Americans voted for a divided government, they also voted for shared responsibility--and I hope that Republicans will rise to that responsibility by finally beginning to deliver on their promise of job creation. One way to do so is to cooperate with Democrats on enacting the Make It In America plan: a legislative agenda designed to revitalize American industry and create well-paying, middle-class manufacturing jobs. With the index of manufacturing activity showing a troubling drop in July, it is especially important to concentrate our efforts on strengthening this vital sector. I urge Republicans to join us in helping American manufacturers stay here, grow here, innovate here, make products here, and sell them to the world."