Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
February 7, 2020
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the January jobs report: 

“The jobs report released this morning provides further confirmation that economic performance under President Trump is losing steam.  When he came into office, President Trump inherited a strong economy, one experiencing a record-breaking streak in hiring, steady GDP growth, higher household incomes, and deficit reduction.  After three years, new hiring has slowed, GDP growth has dropped off, and wage growth has dipped, while the deficit is set to top $1 trillion this year and every year going forward.  We also learned today that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that the number of jobs it initially reported created in 2018 and 2019 was overestimated by hundreds of thousands, reducing the number actually created under President Trump – notably after his signature tax cuts went into effect.  While this President continues to mislead about his record and seek to take credit for President Obama’s economic successes, working Americans know the truth.  That is because they are watching the wealthiest benefit from the 2017 Trump tax scam while they are trying to get by and get ahead. 
 
“Democrats have used our House Majority to take action on behalf of the American people, including passing major legislation aimed at creating jobs, raising wages, protecting access to quality and affordable health care, helping more people save for a secure retirement, and ensuring the rights of workers to bargain collectively for better pay and benefits.  We will continue our efforts to achieve bipartisan results on major issues like infrastructure investment and lowering prescription drugs. 
 
“I urge Senator McConnell to allow the Senate to vote on House-passed legislation that helps put us back on a positive economic trajectory and helps make opportunities more accessible to workers and their families.  He has no excuse for blocking these bills, many of which passed the House with bipartisan support.  House Democrats will continue to put pressure on the Republican-led Senate to do its job and get back to work For the People.”