Washington, D.C. - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced that the economy added 69,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent. With private businesses adding 82,000 jobs, this marks the 27th consecutive month of private sector job growth:
'Today's report makes clear that we have more work to do to restore security and opportunity for the middle class. With only 42 legislative days remaining in this Congress, Republicans must listen to the American people, who are demanding immediate action.
'America's workers and small businesses demand certainty; yet Republicans are risking another deep recession by threatening to hold the full faith and credit of the United States of America hostage and refusing to bring to the floor a vote on the middle-income tax cuts. The American people's top priority remains job creation; yet Republicans have no jobs plan. Their only plan is to hand more tax breaks to millionaires, Big Oil, special interests, and corporations that ship jobs overseas.
'Democrats have put our proposals for jobs and middle class tax cuts on the table. The time is now for Republicans to join us in moving forward on behalf of the middle class.'