Press Release ● Jobs and Economy
For Immediate Release: 
May 8, 2020
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the April jobs report: 

"April’s jobs report reveals the overwhelming extent to which measures necessary to combat the COVID-19 pandemic have affected the economic well being of millions of Americans. Whether these job losses persist beyond this crisis will depend on how we react as a nation to confront it. Congress and the Administration must work together with a unified purpose, putting the best interests of American people first. 
 
"From the beginning of the pandemic, House Democrats have fought hard for American workers and their families, passing four major bills to combat the public health threat and mitigate the economic fallout. Today’s report makes it abundantly clear that, as this pandemic continues, more must be done to ensure that our economy is ready to surge back once it is safe to reopen.
 
"That's why the House is working on additional legislation to address the many challenges we now face together. Our economic success depends on the safety of our workers and the confidence of consumers; if we fail to provide that safety and confidence, we risk avoidable, long-term damage to the economy. This is especially true in communities of color, which are now overrepresented in COVID-19 cases and deaths as well as in furloughs and permanent job losses.
 
"While the Trump Administration continues to downplay the severity of this crisis, delay action on testing, and leave states to fend for themselves, the Democratic-led House will keep moving forward to protect the health and economic security of our fellow Americans."