Press Release ● Jobs and Economy
For Immediate Release: 
June 5, 2020
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the May jobs report: 

“The May jobs report is a silver lining on one of the darkest clouds our nation has ever faced.  The coronavirus pandemic has presented us not only with a public health crisis, which has claimed over 100,000 lives, but also an economic one that has imperiled the livelihood of tens of millions. We should all be relieved that the official jobs report suggests the number of Americans out of work was lower than expected, but that doesn't change the fact that we face historically high joblessness and economic insecurity and that state and local governments are being forced to lay off hundreds of thousands of educators and other frontline workers. 
 
“That’s why the Democratic-led House has continued to take action to help those out of work as a result of this pandemic.  In April we enacted the CARES Act to expand unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility, launch the Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses keep their employees on the payroll, and send direct payments to most American households.  We took the additional step in May of expanding the Paycheck Protection Program to make sure small businesses in all of our communities could participate.  Recognizing that was not enough, we followed up with the Heroes Act to provide much-needed funding for state, territorial, tribal, and local governments to keep first responders and teachers on the job and maintain critical services.  It would also extend the expansion in unemployment insurance benefits and the employee retention tax credit while providing additional funding for states to sustain Medicaid and provide additional direct payments.  The Senate has yet to act, choosing instead to ‘pause’ as millions of Americans remain out of work.
 
“While President Trump is fanning the flames of crisis, and while Senate Republicans sit on their hands, the Democratic House listens and acts.  We understand that recovering from this pandemic’s economic impacts will not be enough: we must also continue to addressing the economic challenges that Americans faced before it hit, and in particular the challenges that persist for communities of color.  We will not rest in our efforts to ensure that the people’s House works for the people and that Congress does its part to ensure that every person in this country, regardless of race or faith or gender or origin, has an equal chance to make it in America.”