Pelosi Statement on September Jobs Report
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Department of Labor reported that the economy created a disappointing 134,000 jobs, the worst performance since last September, and that workers’ wages increased at roughly the same pace as inflation in September:
“Beneath the September jobs numbers, middle class families across America are struggling to keep their heads above the rising costs of health care, prescription drugs, and everyday living expenses.
“Working families are paying the price from Republicans’ relentless effort to sabotage their health care and drive up insurance premiums. Instead of lowering prescription drug costs, Republicans handed massive tax breaks to the same Big Pharma companies hiking prices on seniors and families. The wealthiest 1 percent have raked in the stock buybacks and tax breaks of the completely unpaid-for GOP tax scam for the rich, while middle class Americans face rising Republican debt designed to force cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
“The American people deserve better than a Republican Congress and Administration that steals from their futures again and again, just to enrich the GOP’s special interest friends. Democrats are fighting For The People: lowering their health care costs and prescription drug prices, increasing pay through strong economic growth by rebuilding America, and cleaning up corruption to make Washington work for the American people.”