Every House Republican Voted to Block Record Job and Wage Growth

June 4, 2021
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Which May Explain Why Republicans Are Taking Heat at Home for Voting Against the Rescue Plan

President Biden and House Democrats’ shots in arms, money in pockets and aid to small businesses are powering rising wages and record job growth with 559,000 jobs added in May and 2 million jobs created since President Biden took office.

But every single House Republican voted to block that progress.

American workers saw rising wages in April and May as the economy created 540,000 jobs per month during the first four months of the Biden Administration – three times more jobs created than the first four months of the Trump Administration, and eight times the number of jobs created during Reagan’s first four months in office.

That might explain why Minority Leader McCarthy and dozens of Members of his conference are scrambling to hide their votes against the survival checks, crucial funds for community health centers, money to help local governments, and relief for neighborhood restaurants, that are reopening the economy and powering record growth.

House Republicans voted against the policies putting Americans back in jobs and raising their wages.  Their constituents aren’t going to let them forget that – or their efforts to block the Jobs and Families Plans needed to rebuild our infrastructure and help American families get ahead. 

Key points from the Washington Post write-up of May’s strong jobs numbers

U.S. economy adds 559,000 jobs in May, as the recovery shows signs of strength                                                                                                                                       

By: Eli Rosenberg

  • The U.S. economy added 559,000 jobs in May, the latest sign of a strengthening recovery as vaccinations rise and covid restrictions ease nationwide.
  • The unemployment rate dropped slightly from 6.1 percent to 5.8 percent, according to the monthly report, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • The gains were driven strongly by jobs added at restaurants, bars and other food-service establishments, which added 186,000 workers in the month.

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  • Amusements, gambling and recreation, as well as hotels and accommodations, also saw strong gains in May, adding 58,000 and 35,000 jobs respectively. Those sectors have been the subject of intense focus of whether a shortage of workers or other pandemic-related issues have been holding back growth.
  • In schools, employment rose by 144,000 as in-person learning resumed across the country, including 103,000 in state and local schools and 41,000 in private ones. Health care added 46,000 jobs. The manufacturing and transportation and warehousing sectors both rose by 23,000 positions.
  • Wages continued to rise, a reflection of what many employers say is a surprisingly tight jobs market, increasing an average of 15 cents per hour to $30.33, following an increase of 21 cents in April.