Walorski: Monthly jobs report “terrible”

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"3D Employment Graph" by Chris Potter, CC BY-SA 2.0

Friday’s monthly jobs report was a disappointing one, to say the least.

According to the U.S. Labor Department, the U.S. economy added 266,000 jobs in April, while unemployment rose to 6.1%.

Second District Representative Jackie Walorski called the jobs report released, Friday, “terrible” and said it’s an unmistakable sign the Biden-Pelosi agenda is doing more harm than good.

Economic analysts estimated job growth of 1 million, opposed to the actual 266,000 jobs added.

Walorski has been pushing the “Supporting Workers and Businesses Act” she helped introduce that would allow states to turn enhanced unemployment benefits into a one-time return-to-work bonus of either $600 or $1,200.

It would also provide support for reemployment services for laid-off workers and reinstate the federal requirement that those receiving unemployment be engaged in actively searching for a job.

Walorski’s complete statement is below:

“This terrible jobs report is an unmistakable sign the Biden-Pelosi agenda is doing more harm than good. The federal government is paying many jobless workers more than they would earn by returning to work, and Democrats are threatening massive tax hikes and crushing regulations on job creators. It’s no surprise our economic recovery is stumbling. As vaccines get us closer to defeating COVID-19, now is the time to rebuild our economy and reconnect unemployed Americans with jobs.”

BACKGROUND

Democrats recently extended supplemental unemployment benefits of $300 per week until September 6th as part of their $1.9 trillion spending bill. The American Action Forum estimates nearly 40 percent of workers could make more on unemployment at this level than they would earn by returning to work.

In March, Congresswoman Walorski joined Ways and Means Committee Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-Texas) in introducing the Supporting Workers and Businesses Act, which would allow states to turn enhanced unemployment benefits into a one-time return-to-work bonus of either $1,200 or $600. It would also provide support for reemployment services for laid-off workers and reinstate the federal requirement that those receiving unemployment be engaged in actively searching for a job.

Last month, Walorski introduced legislation to provide working families with greater flexibility to pay for child care without raising taxes or imposing burdensome mandates on small businesses. The Working Families Childcare Access Act would allow working parents to contribute more to an employer-sponsored dependent care flexible spending account (FSA) and to roll over unused funds at the end of the year. It would also expand eligible expenses to include adoption, tutoring, sports activities, and art and music programs.

 

2 COMMENTS

    • Worse, and by design. The stuff coming from President Potato is too consistently bad to be that way accidentally.

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