WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Department of Labor released its jobs report for January:
“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report released today, 267,000 new private sector jobs were created in January, marking the fifty-ninth consecutive month of increases and the eleventh consecutive month above 200,000. That’s good news for our economy, which has seen significant gains during the recovery.
“Congress has a responsibility to adopt policies to help ensure that all Americans can benefit as our economy does better. We can achieve this if the Republicans who control the House and Senate do not just talk about strengthening the middle class but work in good faith with Democrats to do so.
“While American businesses were creating jobs throughout January, Republicans spent the month forcing partisan legislation through the House to deport DREAMers, infringe on women’s reproductive rights, and take health insurance away from millions of adults and children. Republicans should stop wasting time and instead work with Democrats to ensure the strong recovery translates into expanded opportunities for all Americans. Democrats are ready to work across the aisle on commonsense, bipartisan legislation to achieve this goal.”