Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced that the private sector added 64,000 jobs in September, marking the ninth consecutive month of private sector growth, and totaling 863,000 this year:
"Today's jobs report shows our private sector continues to lead our economic recovery. We lost more than 800,000 private sector jobs the last month of the Bush Administration, but America's business owners and entrepreneurs have added more jobs this year than the Bush Administration and its Republican allies did in eight years. Democrats are moving our country forward, and we will and we must do more to strengthen our economy and put people back to work.
"The American people face a clear choice: Democrats fighting for the middle class or Republicans standing up for special interests. They know Democrats want to "Make It in America,' cut taxes for small business, and create good-paying jobs here at home. Republicans want to protect Wall Street and corporations that ship jobs overseas. Democrats want to cut taxes for the middle class, and Republicans want to give a break to millionaires and billionaires, and blow an even larger hole in our deficit. Democrats will preserve Social Security and Medicare; Republicans promise to privatize and cut benefits.
"Americans can't afford a return to the 'exact same' failed policies that produced the worst recession in generations. We will keep moving forward to create more jobs, growth, and prosperity for our workers and our families."