Today, the Department of Labor reported that the economy gained 120,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 8.6%–-the lowest rate since 2009:
Private businesses added 140,000 new employees last month–marking the 21st consecutive month of private sector job growth:
Leader Pelosi on today’s jobs report:
Today’s jobs report sends a clear message: we’ve made some progress but we have work to do.
The American people’s top priority remains job creation. Democrats want to put more money in the pockets of all Americans and strengthen small businesses by expanding the payroll tax cut. Republicans put the economic security of 160 million Americans at risk by insisting on tax cuts for people making more than a million dollars per year and job cuts for the middle class.
More than 330 days into this Congress, the Republican majority has failed to put forward a clear, comprehensive jobs plan. Democrats are committed to creating jobs and bolstering our middle class – building ladders of opportunity and reigniting the American dream. Americans can’t wait.
Yesterday, Republicans continued their obstruction of jobs legislation–Senate Republicans voted against extending the payroll tax cut (as well as expanding it to provide a $1,550 tax cut for a typical family or to help small businesses) while House Republicans voted against timely consideration of that middle class tax cut. By the end of the year, Congress must extend the payroll tax cut for the middle class and extend unemployment insurance for Americans who have lost jobs through no fault of their own in order to avoid the loss of at least 600,000 American jobs. GOP “No Jobs Agenda” by the numbers:
332: Days Republicans in charge
2 Million: Jobs potentially destroyed under GOP bills
0: GOP jobs bills
23: Times House GOP have voted against Democratic jobs legislation, including China currency legislation that would help create 1 million American jobs
3: Times House GOP have voted to end Medicare and protect tax breaks for Big Oil, millionaires and corporations shipping jobs overseas
4: Times GOP have brought our nation to the brink, creating economic uncertainty
5: Times GOP have voted against the President’s American Jobs Act, or part of it
1: Number of jobs bills from the President enacted, due to Democratic pressure
Democrats are committed to a payroll tax cut that spurs our economy, creates more jobs, and puts money in the pockets of the American people. Democrats also believe to put Americans back to work, we must empower entrepreneurs and help small businesses succeed, expand, and hire new workers. To build up small businesses and strengthen our economy, House Democrats have unveiled our “Make It in America” Agenda to revitalize manufacturing in America, create new good-paying jobs, and make our nation more secure. And the Obama Administration’s American Jobs Act puts more money in workers’ pockets and is fully paid for; helps small businesses grow and hire; rebuilds America – our roads, bridges, and schools; and keeps teachers in the classroom, firefighters on the job, and cops on the beat. Unfortunately, House Republicans have voted 23 times against Democratic proposals or efforts to consider proposals–several of which are bipartisan–to create or protect American jobs:
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, to demand a clear plan to help manufacturers compete, invest in innovation, and put Americans back to work, which passed the House in 2010 with overwhelming bipartisan support. [Vote 279, Vote 721]
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, Vote 780, Vote 821, Vote 854] This bipartisan bill has 230 co-sponsors including 63 Republicans, yet the Republican leadership has blocked it. Democrats have launched a process to force consideration of the measure; that petition has 178 of the 218 signatures needed.
A measure to promote jobs and innovation at home, by prioritizing patent applications from entities that pledge to develop or manufacture their products and technologies in the United States. [Vote 490]
A measure for middle class families, directing the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction to eliminate subsidies for the five largest oil and gas companies and corporate jet owners, before gutting education initiatives that create jobs, spur growth, and invest in our future. [Vote 676]
A measure to support American Manufacturers by giving priority to any company that uses materials made in America for the construction and renovation of school facilities. [Vote 693]
A measure that places a priority on keeping jobs in America, protecting the authority of the National Labor Relations Board to order an employer to maintain or restore jobs in the U.S. that would be otherwise outsourced to a foreign country. [Vote 710]
A measure to protect at least 10,000 American manufacturing jobs and provide disaster relief to families and business owners: approving bipartisan disaster aid passed by the Senate without slashing Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loans that put people to work producing cleaner cars and investing in innovation. [Vote 715]
A measure to ensure that American materials, rather than those imported from abroad, are used in the construction of new or existing structures for coal ash storage. [Vote 792]
A Make It In America measure that prohibit the Coast Guard from purchasing textiles or apparel that are not grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States. [Vote 829]
A measure demanding a vote on the payroll tax cut now to strengthen the middle class, create jobs, and grow our economy. Instead, Republicans are risking a $1,000 tax hike on the middle class and the loss of at least 400,000 jobs in order to protect people making more than a million dollars a year. [Vote 820]
A measure to discourage outsourcing by denying the bill’s pro-corporation election rules for companies that ship American jobs overseas and level the playing field for workers in union elections. [Vote 868]
A measure to protect jobs for returning veterans by preventing incentives for small businesses to hire returning veterans from being swept away by GOP deregulatory efforts. [Vote 879]
Americans can’t wait.