House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Department of Labor released its jobs report for June:
"The jobs report for June reaffirms that our economic recovery is continuing to move forward, even while manufacturers and other businesses still face uncertainty resulting from a lack of clear fiscal and job-growth policies set by Congress and as a consequence of the irrational sequester. Our economy added 202,000 private sector jobs last month, but there is much Congress could have done to make that number even higher and ought to do to make sure we add more jobs over the coming months.
"Only a big, balanced, and bipartisan agreement on deficits that replaces the sequester in its entirety can end the uncertainty facing our businesses and families and put America back on sound fiscal footing. Doing so would be the greatest single stimulus to our economy and a boon for job creation as businesses once again unleash private investment and expand operations. Such is the goal of House Democrats' Make It In America jobs legislation, which focuses on four key areas: pursuing a national manufacturing strategy, promoting U.S. exports, encouraging the return of jobs and innovation to our shores, and securing a twenty-first century workforce. I hope today's jobs report will persuade House Republicans to work together with Democrats to bring Make It In America bills to the Floor in the coming weeks -- and I urge Speaker Boehner to appoint budget conferees so that we can begin the process of negotiating a final budget based on a balanced approach to deficit reduction."