Rep. Hoyer: “”The October jobs report confirms yet again that such a turnaround is not happening and that the negligence of his Administration and the Republican-led Senate and their failure to agree on the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation is having real economic ramifications.”
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the October jobs report:
“Across the country, people have had to wait days to learn who our next president will be, but Americans have been waiting far longer to see the kind of rapid economic rebound that President Trump and his advisors have been promising since the beginning of this pandemic.
“The October jobs report confirms yet again that such a turnaround is not happening and that the negligence of his Administration and the Republican-led Senate and their failure to agree on the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation is having real economic ramifications. We must take action to lower the rate of infection and make it safer for businesses to reopen so we can begin to see the kind of recovery our economy needs. That’s why I continue to urge Senator McConnell and the White House to reach agreement with the House on a COVID-19 relief package that meets the goals of the Heroes Act and helps our workers and businesses get through this crisis and make it to the other side.
“While our jobs rebound continues, its pace has slowed. That trend should concern us, as we are well short of pre-COVID-19 employment with 10 million fewer Americans working than last November. Meanwhile, we have reached a rate of 100,000 new cases per day, and more than 230,000 Americans dead from COVID-19. This is unacceptable, which is why the Democratic-led House acted again and again to provide relief to communities, families, and businesses and fund testing, tracing, and research into vaccines and treatments.
“It is imperative that Congress and the White House agree on and enact a COVID-19 relief bill before the end of the year. The American people cannot wait until January for action. The House will do its job once again; I hope the Senate and Administration will do theirs.”