Press Release ● Jobs and Economy
For Immediate Release: 
December 4, 2020
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the November jobs report: 

"The November jobs report reveals a recovery that is stalled due to Senate Republicans’ failure to act. The pace of job increases leaves us far short of where we were before this crisis began. The number of people leaving the workforce entirely is only going up, while those who have already left it but who want a job increased by nearly half a million.
 
“While our financial markets continue to climb and enrich those already wealthy and secure, Republicans are still ignoring the fact that millions of Americans wake up each day and wonder how they will avoid going hungry, pay their rent or mortgage, or survive the month ahead without a paycheck.  Moreover, Americans are just a few weeks away from facing even steeper hardships as the moratorium on evictions and mortgage forbearance expires, along with forbearance for student loan borrowers, paid sick leave and family leave for workers impacted by COVID-19, and expanded eligibility for unemployment assistance that will toss another twelve million Americans into deep waters without a lifeline. This is set to occur during the dark winter of a rapidly accelerating pandemic, with our country breaking records with 270,000 deaths and over 14 million confirmed COVID-19 cases.  Hospitals are filling up to capacity while small businesses on Main Streets across America have emptied.   
 
"Since the initial bipartisan actions taken at the beginning of this pandemic, House Democrats have passed two additional COVID-19 relief packages that would help families get through this economic crisis and invest in the testing and vaccine distribution we need to reopen safely.  It is past time to reach agreement on a COVID-19 relief bill that can be signed into law. I will continue to urge Senator Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to get serious about negotiations, using the bipartisan Senate proposal as a start.  We can and must reach an agreement now.  The American people are looking to Congress for responsible leadership, and we must deliver."