Jobs Reax From the Left


Pelosi: “More must be done to create jobs and strengthen our middle class.”

Burton: “Republicans are playing a reckless and irresponsible game with the American economy.”

Trumka: “This morning’s news that our economic recovery is stalled is a warning bell for leaders in Washington.”

Pelosi Statement on June Jobs Report: 

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Department of Labor reported that the economy added 18,000 jobs in June and unemployment rose to 9.2 percent. With 57,000 jobs added by private businesses, this marks the 16th consecutive month of private sector job growth:

“Today’s jobs report makes it clear: more must be done to create jobs and strengthen our middle class. Republicans must join Democrats to focus squarely on Americans’ top priority – putting people back to work.

“In the six months since Republicans have been in charge of the House, they have failed to bring a single jobs bill to the floor or offer a clear jobs plan. Democrats have forced ten votes on job-creation measures in this Congress – and Republicans have voted ‘no’ each time.

“Democrats know that creating jobs must be job number one for this Congress, yet Republicans continue to push their plan to end Medicare in order to give billions in tax breaks to Big Oil and corporations that ship American jobs overseas. And now, they are putting our entire economy at risk – by threatening to let our nation default for the first time, injecting uncertainty into the economy, and demanding we balance our budget on the backs of seniors and the middle class.

“We are ready to work together on a balanced, bipartisan approach to bring down our debt, while creating jobs, strengthening the middle class, and growing our economy.”

Priorities USA Action senior strategist Bill Burton today released the following statement regarding the June jobs report:

“Republicans are playing a reckless and irresponsible game with the American economy. Hundreds of days after taking control of the House, Republicans have done nothing but stand in the way of progress on the economy. Every day they obstruct progress it seems more and more as if they believe they benefit politically if they hurt America economically. They need to meet the President halfway and put creating jobs for the middle class ahead of protecting tax loopholes for corporate special interests.”

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on June Employment:

This morning’s news that our economic recovery is stalled is a warning bell for leaders in Washington. Too many politicians are blocking desperately needed measures to create new jobs, and their actions are now prolonging the recession and putting us at risk of a double dip. Working people will not tolerate politicians who are willing to wreck the economy just to make a political point.

Our economy added only 18,000 jobs in June – this is terrible news for the more than 25 million Americans who are unemployed or underemployed. Meanwhile, the average length of unemployment is now the highest on record.

It’s time for plain talk about jobs– the truth is that CEOs and the super-rich have never had it better, while American families are out of work and facing foreclosures by the millions.

Let’s start with needed investments in our future, like renewing a robust Surface Transportation Act so we can put people to work fixing and modernizing our roads, highways, and bridges. Let’s engage in an adult conversation about a fairer tax system – to raise the revenues we need for the services we depend on, rather than cutting budgets indiscriminately and killing jobs. Let’s reform our trade policies, so we can export American-made goods and services – not jobs. Let’s invest in our workforce, so we can acquire and hone the skills we need to compete in the global economy in the 21st century. This is the conversation we must have to start building a high wage, high skill economy where the middle class is strong and America thrives.

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