Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
October 8, 2021
Contact Info: 
Margaret Mulkerrin 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the September jobs report: 

“The September jobs report shows that COVID-19 is still having a harmful impact on our economy. While the report includes promising indicators that America’s recovery is moving forward, with the unemployment rate declining, it is clear that Congress must do more to encourage businesses to hire for jobs that pay well and offer opportunities to workers and their families to get ahead. We also need to address the continued decline in women’s participation in the workforce, including by making child care more affordable and accessible. That’s why it is essential that we enact President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.
 
“Our economy is teeming with potential, making it all the more critical that Congress not miss the opportunity of this moment to ensure that businesses, workers, and their families are able to reach for success.  The legislation Democrats are working on would make needed investments in both the physical infrastructure and human infrastructure that strengthen and secure our economy.  Those efforts – the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Build Back Better Act – will deliver on the promises that President Biden and Democrats made to the American people to make our economy work for everyone, to make opportunities more equitable, and to invest in infrastructure in a way that creates millions of good jobs here in our country.  
 
“Even with those efforts, the gains we’ve seen over the recent months would be suddenly reversed if Congress is unable to address the debt limit and prevent a catastrophic default.  While the House will vote on Tuesday on a short-term patch, if we are truly going to insulate our economy from the effects of uncertainty caused by a debt-limit crisis, we ultimately need a long-term solution so we can eliminate the threat of default and allow our economic recovery to continue moving forward unhindered.”