Press Release ● Fiscal Responsibility
For Immediate Release: 
March 10, 2017
Contact Info: 

Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the February jobs report:

“The February report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showing a gain of 227,000 private sector jobs last month, is a strong sign that the Obama recovery was a resounding success when it comes to job creation.  For President Trump to claim that he is somehow responsible for a positive job growth trend that has continued into its eighty-fourth month is laughable.  His characterization of the economy he inherited as a ‘disaster’ is yet another 'alternative fact.'  Now, our goal ought to be making sure that every worker in our country has access to the opportunities that help Americans not just squeak by but get ahead.  These include higher wages, access to higher education, affordable health coverage, homeownership, and the ability to save for a secure retirement.

“One of the easiest ways to counter the positive effects of these economic gains on American families would be to destabilize our health insurance markets, jeopardizing the many jobs created in the health care sector and throwing millions off affordable health coverage.  But that’s exactly what House Republicans are now trying to do.  Their legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act was written in secret, released late Monday night, and jammed through committee markups in the dead of night while most Americans slept.  They held no public hearings and refused to wait even a few days for the Congressional Budget Office to release its estimate of how much the bill will cost and how many Americans will lose their health care.  It is unbelievable that Republicans would deny the American people a full accounting and a chance to weigh in on legislation that would affect every family and business in this country.  That’s because they know that if Americans were to find out what is in their bill, they would be terrified.   

“Instead of wasting time on a dangerous health care bill to make Americans pay more for less coverage, Republicans ought to work with Democrats to help our workers and their families Make It In America.  Democrats will continue to resist the repeal of health care reforms and fight for jobs and opportunities that the American people demand.”