Today, the Department of Labor reported that the economy added 54,000 jobs in May and unemployment rose to 9.1 percent. With 83,000 jobs added by private businesses, this marks the 15th consecutive month of private sector job growth.
Today’s jobs report is a clear sign that more must be done to expand our economy and put people back to work. Too many Americans are still struggling to find work, secure a paycheck, and provide for their families. On their behalf, we must focus on job creation, open more opportunities for the middle class, and extend prosperity to all Americans.
For more than five months, the Republican majority has refused to bring a single jobs bill to the House floor; in fact, their ideological agenda only threatens to make matters worse and destroy jobs. Instead, Republicans have voted twice to end Medicare and raise costs for seniors, while providing tax cuts for companies that ship American jobs overseas.
Democrats are committed to creating good-paying jobs, boosting manufacturing, and keeping our nation number one through our Make It In America agenda. It’s time for Republicans to join us to create jobs, responsibly reduce the deficit, strengthen the middle class, and grow our economy.
As Leader Pelosi says, Americans are struggling and more must be done. House Democrats have a jobs plan with our Make It in America agenda to revitalize manufacturing in America, create new good-paying jobs, and make our nation more secure. By rebuilding our manufacturing sector, we can create the high-skill, high-wage jobs of the future while promoting American competitiveness, innovation, and exports.
Unfortunately as we mark the 150th day of Republican control of the House today, Republicans have yet to bring a jobs bill to the House floor. In fact, the only votes this Congress has taken to create jobs have been on Democratic bills, which were either voted down by Republicans or which Republicans voted against even considering:
An American jobs effort to end government contracts rewarding corporations that ship American jobs overseas. [Vote 19]
Build America Bonds to Create Jobs Now Act – leveraging public dollars to strengthen the private sector, growing our economy by rebuilding America’s schools, hospitals, and transit projects, supported by American businesses, the construction industry, mayors and governors. [Vote 38, Vote 30, Vote 189]
American Jobs Matter Act – to give preference in federal contracts to U.S. manufacturers that create jobs here at home. [Vote 257]
National Manufacturing Strategy Act, which calls on the President to lay out a plan to help ensure American manufacturers can compete, grow, and thrive. [Vote 279]
Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing Technology Act to help ensure the cars of the future are built here in the U.S., by investing in a broad range of near-term and long-term vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency, support domestic research and manufacturing, and lead to greater consumer choice of vehicle technologies and fuels. [Vote 310]
Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act to provide our government with effective tools to address unfair currency manipulation by countries like China, which could help create 1 million American manufacturing jobs by leveling the international playing field for American workers and businesses. [Vote 9, Vote 199]